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10 february 2017 "Komsomolskaya Pravda"
Victoria Gimadi

Victoria Gimadi Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Legislation Does Not Provide for Cross-Subsidization in Field of Heat Supply
Zabaykalsky Krai can recall cross-subsidization of the heat tariffs. Late last year the story of cross-rate differences was given publicity, when the local government tried to evade subsidization through the increased utility load on legal entities, and raised the tariffs by 35%. The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper states that the rates, however, were cancelled due to disaffection of the big business leaders.
9 february 2017 IA REGNUM
Oleg Kolobov

Oleg Kolobov Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Gas Transit Through Turkey to Raise Its Status as Part of Energy and Economic Co-operation
If Turkey is able to materialize its ambitious plans and become a large regional energy hub, primarily gas hub, the republic will considerably increase its bargaining power as part of energy and economic cooperation with all stakeholders. Both the European Union, the ultimate consumer of energy resources, and their suppliers. Those who have already lost or will lose any alternative to the Turkish route are most affected. This opinion was shared by Oleg Kolobov, an expert of the Analytical Center, with a reporter of REGNUM News Agency.
7 february 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Daria Nester

Daria Nester Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Major Tax Maneuver Targets Large Companies
The tax maneuver the government has been implementing in the oil industry since 2015 turned out to be a better fit for vertically integrated companies, i.e. major business and state-owned players. Independent oil and natural gas producers, including small ones, are finding it more of a challenge to adapt to new tax rules, primarily because some of them, as opposed to VINCs do not export their products, and their operations focus mostly on diligent development of minor deposits. Those are the conclusions that Analytical Center experts draw in their monthly energy bulletin, writes the Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
30 january 2017 Gudok
Dmitry Chernenko

Dmitry Chernenko Department for State-Run Programs and Budgeting

Further growth of container transport may be hampered by infrastructure restrictions
The Russian Railways experiment affected growth of the railway container shipments market, states the Gudok publication. Simplification of the container cargo transportation request procedure, which was implemented by the Center of Corporate Transportation Services (CCTS), resulted in increase of container shipment volumes in Russia in 2016 to a record level – by over 10% vs. 2015.
27 january 2017 Avtoradio
Yuri Ammosov

Yuri Ammosov Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

Electronic Claims Submission System to Simplify Process of Addressing Law Enforcement Authorities
Russia is to get a national crime database. The service will allow people to submit claims to police through the Internet and track their progress online. Currently, information is being kept track of using paper files filled out by hand. Auto Radio quotes Yuri Ammosov, Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center, who believes that the digital system will significantly simplify the work of law enforcement authorities but that in some situations it will be of no use.
25 january 2017 Project and Program Management
Iliya Vinokurov

Iliya Vinokurov Department for Project Management in the Public Sector

‘Proyektniy Olimp’ (Project Olympus) Continues To Gain Popularity
Analytical Center experts Iliya Vinokurov and Yuri Trubitsyn penned an editorial on project management in the public sector for the Project and Program Management magazine.
25 january 2017 TV Channel "TVC"
Leonid Grigoriev

Leonid Grigoriev Chief Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

New US President Is Carefully Attempting To Establish Relations With Army, Civil Community, and Media
In the US and elsewhere people are watching closely as the President elect Donald Trump appoints key figures in his new administration. All through the election campaign the new leader was at loggerheads with both the military and security forces and the press. Leonid Grigoriev, Adviser to Head of Analytical Center, talked about the situation in the US in the "Sobytiya. 25 chas" ("Events. 25th Hour) program aired on the "TV Center" channel.
24 january 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Amiragyan

Alexander Amiragyan Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Natural Gas Motor Fuel Is Currently More Suitable for Trucks and Public Transportation
In the past year there were 44 new pump stations built for natural gas vehicles. In 2017, the rate of construction is expected to grow by half, i.e. 74 new gas stations, which will be primarily located in Moscow, the Stavropol Krai, and Voronezh Oblast.
20 january 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Strategic Studies in Energy

Crude Oil Prices Are Unlikely to Fall Below USD 50 in 2017 but May Get Past the USD 60 Mark
In his interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Alexander Kurdin, Research Manager, Directorate for Fuel and Energy Economy of the Analytical Center, spoke about how 'black gold' prices would behave this year.
19 january 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Daniil Nametkin

Daniil Nametkin Department for Expert Analytics

Ratio of Net Disposable Income to Loan Payments Should Be at Least 3 to 1
Experts note that at the moment the detailed principles of making decisions about whether or not to approve consumer loans are defined by each specific bank individually. Usually, the maximum possible monthly loan payment is determined on the basis of the assessed net disposable income which is estimated as follows: the income shown in personal income tax form No. 2 less the average monthly bills and expenses such as utility bills or child support payments.