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30 june 2014
Leonid Grigoriev

Leonid Grigoriev Chief Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

EU doesn’t offer any significant financial support to Ukraine
There are active discussions in the press on the issue of the possible risks for Russian economy related to the reduction and cancellation of a number of fees between EU and Ukraine. There is also the possibility that some European products may get to Ukraine without any customs duties that were established between Moscow and Brussels.
27 june 2014 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Tax maneuver in the oil sector can lead to an increase in domestic prices
In a few days, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Energy should get to a final agreement on the parameters of the tax maneuver in oil sectorThis maneuver will use the Severance Tax to increase the burden for oil production while reducing the taxes on exports of oil and petroleum products. Accordingly, the supply of petroleum products to the domestic market may become less profitable.
26 june 2014 Izvestia
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Due to the high dependence that EU has for gas supplies there is a big possibility that a compromise will be found
The European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger, recently threatened EU countries with negative consequences if they continue to support the project of laying a gas pipeline under the Black Sea called "Southern Stream". He made that announcement in an article of the German magazine Handelsblatt on 25 June. According to Mr. Oettinger, construction of the pipeline does not comply with European law.
25 june 2014 “MIR 24” TV
Leonid Grigoriev

Leonid Grigoriev Chief Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

Common sense is stronger than politics
Europe needs the “Southern stream” and that is why gas pipeline construction will be successfully finished on time, considers the Chief Adviser to the Director General of the Analytical Center Leonid Grigoriev.
25 june 2014 CNews
Yuri Ammosov

Yuri Ammosov Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

It will be difficult to locate 500 people per year that are suited to participate in the state program for studying in foreign universities
The government will be funding Russian citizens that desire to study IT in foreign universities. The program was approved by the government and is titled “Global education”.
23 june 2014 CNews
Maria Shilina

Maria Shilina Directorate for Housing and Communal Services

Gaps in informatization of housing and communal services sector affect the whole population of Russia
Head of Directorate for Housing and Communal Services at the Analytical Center Maria Shilina participated in a conference titled “IT-infrastructure: optimal development”. During this event experts tried to understand how Russian companies view the ownership of IT infrastructure and its exploitation.
19 june 2014 RuBALTIC.Ru
Alexander Golyashev

Alexander Golyashev Department for Expert Analytics

At the moment it is not quite right to talk about "the average gas price in the world markets"
Expert of the Analytical Center Alexander Golyashev, commented on the statement given by the Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevičius that Norwegian company “Statoil” will supply liquefied natural gas to the Klaipeda terminal, cheaper than the average price in world markets.
17 june 2014 TV Channel "1 TV"
Leonid Grigoriev

Leonid Grigoriev Chief Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

My prediction is that a big propaganda will begin: “Gazprom” doesn’t supply gas to population
According to the TV channel “1 TV”, in Europe there is no doubt that Russia will honor all its obligations regarding carbohydrates supply to its western partners. Meanwhile, there is the danger of a new gas crisis. Problems will appear if by the beginning of winter, transit storage facilities on Ukrainian territory will not get filled.
9 june 2014 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Low export duties are preferred in relations between Russia and Belarus
“Rossiyskaya Gazeta” published the announcement made by a representative of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation regarding the agreement reached by the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Energy, on the parameters of the tax maneuver in the oil sector. The article says that the essence of this maneuver is to reduce the budget revenues from the export of oil and oil products and compensation of budget losses by increasing taxes on oil production.
9 june 2014 Kommersant
Yuri Ammosov

Yuri Ammosov Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

Chat-bots — a very popular application
Adviser to Director General of the Analytical Center Yuri Ammosov recommended the creation of artificial intelligence.