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10 july 2017 TASS Audio
Inna Karakchieva

Inna Karakchieva Department for Expert Analytics

The importance of non-formal education is increasing these days
"The cost of educational services in higher education institutions is often increasing because of their underfunding by the state," Inna Karakchiyeva, an expert of the Analytical Center, said on Tass Audio.
6 july 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Daniil Nametkin

Daniil Nametkin Department for Expert Analytics

Legislating the so-called motivated judgment will help avoid license revocation
The Bank of Russia intends to expand its right to the so-called professional judgment. This will allow it to conduct audits even in the absence of formal evidence a violation of the law. Those are the proposals contained in a consultative report published by the Bank of Russia. The first bills based on this report are expected to be submitted to the Duma during the spring session.
5 july 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Irina Pominova

Irina Pominova Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Complete privatization of extractive assets in petroleum industry, exception to the rules
The privatization of national oil companies (NOC) in the near future will make competition between petroleum companies more challenging and intense, simultaneously reducing the possibility of NOC manipulation for political goals. Such outcome of the divestiture of government assets in different parts of the world is expected by the Analytical Center’s experts. In the June issue of the Energy Bulletin, analysts note that privatization has also affected Asia and Latin America, while new NOC are being established by countries in the processing and sales segments, and not extractive segments.
21 june 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Daniil Nametkin

Daniil Nametkin Department for Expert Analytics

Possible new sanctions to speed up non-residents leaving federal loan bond market
Elvira Nabiullina, head of the Central Bank of Russia, does not expect new American sanctions to influence considerably the financial market, and she believes the effect of previously imposed sanctions has almost worn off. That was her comment on a possible US ban on investments into Russian public debt and related derivatives, and further limitation of Russian banks' financing period in the US from 90 to 14 days.
21 june 2017 Kommersant FM
Yuri Ammosov

Yuri Ammosov Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

Cryptocurrencies are being used more and more because people are increasingly turning to them in countries that have restrictions on the flow of capital
The exchange rates of major cryptocurrencies are beginning to recover after a sharp collapse. Last week saw bitcoin fall by 25 %. It lost a total of 8 billion dollars of market value. A bit earlier the bitcoin exchange rate had for the first time reached $3,000 per bitcoin. Ethereum, the second most popular cryptocurrency, went past the historic milestone of $300 at about the same time.
19 june 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Amiragyan

Alexander Amiragyan Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Increasing the tax on the extraction of natural resources is going to have a stronger impact on the business of small oil companies
The tax burden on Russian oil companies is going to be increased after all despite the objections of the Ministry for Energy. Thus, the effective period of the higher rate of the natural resources extraction tax for oil production is going to be extended for another year, until year end 2020, to help cover some of the budget deficit.
13 june 2017 Gudok
Aleksey Safronov

Aleksey Safronov Department for State-Run Programs and Budgeting

Passengers are concerned about speed and fairs
"The demand for travel on the Allegro trains is a good example of how international passenger train service can develop," Analytical Center expert Alexey Safronov said in an interview to the Gudok newspaper.
7 june 2017 Ekho Moskvy
Leonid Grigoryev

Leonid Grigoryev Chief Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

Nobody Wants to See Qatar's Economy Paralyzed
"Nobody wants to see Qatar's Economy paralyzed seeing how it produces natural gas for the entire world," said the chief advisor to the head of the Analytical Center Leonid Grigoriev in an on-air interview for Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) as he was commenting on the conflict between Qatar and a group of Arab nations.
6 june 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

In the future the impact of LNG in Europe will become ubiquitous
The stagnation in the market of liquefied natural gas has come to an end: last year saw a doubling of global LNG sales. Meanwhile in Russia, the output of LNG has remained practically unchanged over the past 7 years (10-11 million tons a year), but 2017 may become a watershed when the Yamal LNG project is supposed to go online. The bulk of Russian LNG will continue to go to Asia, and Europe may take an interest in it as well, but breaking out of those two regions into other markets will be hard because of the tough competition from US and Australian suppliers. Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes about it citing a bulletin of the Analytical Center.
31 may 2017 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Elena Razumova

Elena Razumova Department for Expert Analytics

Share of imported food products in Russian stores decreased significantly
Russians enthusiastically started producing their own blue and white mold cheese, and became so advanced in oyster and mussel farming that in the near future it will be possible to refuse to import these products. Rossiyskaya Gazeta asked the Deputy Head of the Department for Expert Analytics of the Analytical Center Elena Razumova to report on the progress of import substitution in general.