December 2021 | ISSUE No. 356 | USRCC Business Newsletter
USRCC Partner Event

February 11, 2022

After a year's pause, New York's premier Russian-American event of the social calendar is back.
The USRCC as an official partner of 56th Petroushka Ball invites you to join the event to celebrate in-person and dance the night away on February 11, 2022 at The Plaza Hotel in NYC
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all who are present at the event.
Reception, Dinner & Entertainment, Dancing
Dress Code: Strictly White or Black Tie, Long Ball Gowns
All net proceeds from the 56th Petroushka Ball will be directed towards the Russian Children's Welfare Society (RCWS) charitable programs. Founded in 1926, the RCWS is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children at risk in Russia.
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For further details, please visit the event page, contact RCWS at 212-473-6263 or

Thank you for your support! 
USRCC Partner Event
St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)
The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006, it has been held under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation, who has also attended each event.
Over the last 24 years, the Forum has become a leading global platform for members of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets, and the world as a whole.
The 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is set to take place on 15–18 June 2022. As in previous years, the business program will focus on the global and Russian economies, social issues, and technological development.
The Forum will be held in strict accordance with health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, carefully drawn up by the Organizing Committee in line with the WHO recommendations. SPIEF 2022 will provide a full range of services to enable participants to effectively nurture and expand their business network and enjoy safe, productive participation, including in an enriching cultural and sporting program.

More information on the upcoming SPIEF 2022 is available here.
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Member's News
Rosneft is the Best Russian Oil and Gas Company in the RAEX-Europe ESG Rating, December 28, 2021: Rosneft became the best in the oil and gas industry and entered the Top 5 Russian companies of the independent European rating agency Rating-Agentur Expert RA GmbH (RAEX-Europe), and its performance in corporate governance scored especially high points. In 2021, 155 Russian companies took part in RAEX-Europe ESG rating. Read more...
Vitaly Markelov, Vladimir Markov, and Elena Mikhailova Reelected as Gazprom Management Committee Members, December 28, 2021: The Gazprom Board of Directors held a meeting in absentia. The Board of Directors reelected Vitaly Markelov, Vladimir Markov, and Elena Mikhailova as Members of the Gazprom Management Committee for a 5-year period starting from January 23, 2022. Read more...
USRCC Announcement

The USRCC is looking for new team members!

Volunteers play a key role and the contributions they make impact the day-to-day functions of the chamber and shape the future of the relationship between Russia and the U.S.

There are many ways you can get involved with the USRCC. Whether you are an experienced leader or a student, there is a place for you. By volunteering, you can be at the very center of our high-profile events held in Houston, Chicago and New York City and interact with influential leaders in the U.S.-Russia trade and investment.
To learn more about the position 
or contact us directly at  
call 713.429.4680
This Week in Review
LUKOIL and Gazprom Neft Sign Binding Agreement as Part of Joint Venture Creation, December 29, 2021: PJSC LUKOIL and PJSC Gazprom Neft concluded sale and purchase agreement for 50% equity share of Meretoyakhaneftegaz LLC, a Gazprom Neft wholly owned subsidiary. The contract was signed as part of creating a joint venture to develop a large oil and gas cluster in the Nadym-Pur-Tazovsky area of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. Read more...
Gazprom CEO: Nord Stream-2 Pipeline Fully Ready for Operation, December 30, 2021: Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is fully ready for operation, gas giant Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller told President Vladimir Putin late on Wednesday. “The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline is ready for operation,” Miller said. Gazprom completed filling the second string of the Nord Stream-2 pipeline with gas at 12.58 p.m. on Wednesday, Miller said. Read more...
Here’s Why OPEC+ Didn’t Respond To U.S. Calls For More Oil, December 29, 2021: An ambition to provide the global oil market with clear guidance on future production plans and discipline in sticking to already agreed policies is the reason OPEC+ did not respond to U.S. calls to boost oil production, Russia’s Deputy PM and top OPEC+ negotiator Alexander Novak said. In an interview with news outlet RBC, Novak explained that it was more important for the extended cartel to indicate how much oil it will be producing in the medium term as demand increases rather than boosting output in the near term in response to a large consumer’s call. Read more...
Rosneft Picks Vitol, Trafigura, Glencore as Buyers of Naphtha, Diesel in 2022, December 29, 2021: Russian oil giant Rosneft has selected Vitol, Trafigura and Glencore as the main buyers for its light oil products including diesel and naphtha for loading over the course of 2022, three traders said on Wednesday. Read more...
Novak Sees $65-$80/Barrel as Comfortable Oil Price for Russia in 2022, December 29, 2021: An oil price in the range of $65-$80 per barrel will be comfortable for Russia next year, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said in an interview with RBC. "Right now the oil price is about $75 per barrel. For us, a price of $65-$80 per barrel will be comfortable next year. I am intentionally taking such a large range, because volatility on the market is not being ruled out. In principle, our budget in 2021 balances at $43.30 per barrel and $44.20 is factored in for 2022, while the socioeconomic development forecast anticipates higher prices," Novak said. Read more...
Fed Survey Shows Oil and Gas Firms Planning a Modest 2022 Comeback, December 30, 2021: The Dallas Federal Reserve Bank published results of a new poll this week showing that almost half of 131 oil and gas firms surveyed plan to increase oil and gas production during 2022. It’s a finding that will no doubt cause a great deal of consternation among ESG investor groups and the climate alarm lobby. Read more...
CIS Business News
Russian, Azerbaijani Prime Ministers Discuss Bilateral Cooperation, December 29, 2021: Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and his Azerbaijani counterpart Ali Asadov have discussed trade and economic cooperation between the two countries in a phone call, the Russian government said in a statement on Wednesday. Read more...
Belarus to Reduce Export Duties on Oil, Oil Products, December 29, 2021: On 1 January 2022 Belarus is set to reduce export duties on oil and oil products, which are exported outside the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in line with the Council of Ministers' resolution No.758 of 27 December 2021, BelTA learned from the national legal information registry. Read more...
New Industrial Projects and Investments to Contribute to Almaty City’s Economic Growth, December 28, 2021: Seven projects have been launched at the Almaty Industrial Zone, reported head of the industrial zone Adil Amralin at the Dec. 27 press conference. The projects, worth more than 48 billion tenge (US$110 million), will create 749 workplaces. In February, a plant for the production of copper and aluminum wire rod worth more than 11.3 billion tenge (US$26 million) was opened. The list of projects also includes two plants for the production of autoclaved aerated concrete. The companies supply large social and commercial housing developers with building materials. Read more...
US-Russia Related News in Russian
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Крупнейшие Предприятия России с 2022 Года Обязали Вести Углеродную Отчетность, Декабрь 31, 2021: Крупнейшие предприятия России с выбросами свыше 150 тыс. тонн эквивалента углекислого газа в год начиная с 2022 года будут обязаны предоставлять углеродную отчетность, первые результаты которой появятся в 2023 году. Соответствующий закон "Об ограничении выбросов парниковых газов" вступил в силу в последний день декабря текущего года. Читать далее...
Совет Директоров «Газпром нефти» Продлил Полномочия Главы Компании Дюкова, Декабрь 30, 2021: На заседании совета директоров компании «Газпром нефть» было принято решение о полномочиях гендиректора Александра Дюкова. Господин Дюков останется на посту главы компании еще пять лет. Он руководит «Газпром нефтью» с 2006 года. «Избрать с 1 января 2022 года Дюкова Александра Валерьевича на должность генерального директора ПАО "Газпром нефть" сроком на 5 лет»,— приводится решение совета директоров на  портале раскрытия корпоративной информации. Читать далее...
Бизнес Будет Платить Все Налоги По-новому с 2023 Года, Декабрь 30, 2021: Государство готовится к полному переходу на новый способ уплаты налогов, сборов и страховых взносов. Единый налоговый платеж предложили сделать обязательным и безальтернативным способом для всего бизнеса с 1 января 2023 г. Законопроект внесен на рассмотрение Госдумы. Читать далее...
Fitch Впервые Присвоил «Яндексу» Кредитный Рейтинг, Декабрь 30, 2021: Fitch Ratings впервые присвоило компании «Яндекс» долгосрочный рейтинг дефолта эмитента (РДЭ) на уровне BBB со стабильным прогнозом. Об этом сообщается на сайте агентства. Присвоив «Яндексу» кредитный рейтинг на уровне BBB, Fitch отнес компанию к инвестиционной категории с хорошим кредитным статусом — это означает, что платежеспособность оценивается как хорошая, однако ее могут ухудшить неблагоприятные экономические и деловые условия. Читать далее...
ОМК Выиграла Конкурс по Закупке "Газпромом" Труб на 18 Млрд Рублей, Ноябрь 29, 2021: "Выксунский металлургический завод" ОМК Анатолия Седых стал победителем закупки "Газпрома", сообщили "Интерфаксу" два источника, знакомые с итогами закупки. ООО "Газпром комплектация" провело закупку крупной партии труб большого диаметра - 73 тыс. 967,41 тонн - посредством открытого конкурентного отбора в электронной форме. Труба Ду 813 закупалась для объекта строительства "Обустройство Южно-Киринского месторождения". Читать далее...
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