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26 february 2014 Rosbalt
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

“Shale revolution” in Russia is unlikely
“The analog of the American “Shale revolution” in Russia in the coming years is unlikely, but the role of reserves difficult to recover, primarily oil, could be significantly enhanced starting with 2020”. Such statement was given to the “Rosbalt” news agency by Mr. Alexander Kurdin, Head of Directorate for Strategic Studies in Energy at the Analytical Center.
18 february 2014 IA REGNUM
Gleb Pokatovich

Gleb Pokatovich Deputy Head

Depreciation may play the role of an instrument for aligning imbalance of trade relations among countries of the Custom Union
Simultaneous depreciation of the tenge and the rouble can have been recently seen, and the Belarusian rouble has been losing its position as well. REGNUM Information agency asked experts what this process would mean for the Custom Union and what effect the depreciation would have on economy.
17 february 2014
Leonid Grigoryev

Leonid Grigoryev Chief Adviser to Head of the Analytical Center

It’s necessary to invest money in new and challenging fields
The Chief Adviser to the Director General of the Analytical Center Leonid Grigoriev spoke about the present condition and prospects of Russian fuel and energy complex development during the RBC TV channel live broadcast.
11 february 2014 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Vadim Finogenov

Vadim Finogenov Directorate for Transport Economics

The level of agriculture mechanization in Russia stays at the lowest level among the developed countries
During the round-table "Agricultural Engineering in Russia: Present Conditions and Development Trends", held at the Analytical Center, experts noted that sales of domestic machinery posted a RUR2.5 billion drop last year as compared with the 2012 result.
4 february 2014 Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Leonid Azimov

Leonid Azimov Directorate for Transport Economics

The state should interfere in creation of the infrastructure only where the business cannot cope itself
Recently experts discussed the Concept of road services development prepared by Rosavtodor. Despite a row of acts, regulating the placement frequency and service level at UDF objects, the existing regulatory framework was considered inadequate in Rosavtodor and an attempt to combine the most successful solutions into one new document was made.
29 january 2014 Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Vadim Finogenov

Vadim Finogenov Directorate for Transport Economics

Ruble devaluation will lead to the price growth on imported cars and, consequently, improve the competitive positions of domestic auto industry.
PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts presented a research entitled "Automobile Market in Russia: 2013 Results and Development Prospects». Prospects turned out to be as unenviable as the results of the past year: a 3-year steady growth, during which the domestic car market pleased automakers and traders with two-digit figures, was followed by a recession in 2013. Sales of new cars dropped by 5.5%, and the situation is unlikely to change this year - indicators will go on declining.
23 january 2014 Mir i Politika
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Oversupply makes fall in oil prices seem a likely scenario in QI-II of the current year
During the 5th Gaidar Forum, held in Moscow in January, the Finance Minister of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov said that the Government expects the oil prices decrease this year to the level of US$90 and even US$80 per barrel, which may lead to changes in the 2014 budget.
20 january 2014 Expert Ural
Maria Shilina

Maria Shilina Directorate for Housing and Communal Services

The demand from management companies will grow up and will be as from commercial organizations, which they are not in fact
In December, the State Duma adopted a bill in the first reading on the creation of conditions for public association activity in the housing and communal services. People will be able to send the information about violations of consumer rights to the supervisory authorities to conduct inspections and take measures. There have been no such regulations in the Housing code so far.
17 january 2014 Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Irina Pominova

Irina Pominova Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Russia holds the world’s largest technically recoverable shale oil resources
The British company BP has lately presented a report entitled ‘World Energy Outlook” forecasting development of global energy markets until 2035. According to the report, Russia will remain the world’s leader in terms of energy export volumes.
13 january 2014 Russian Forest News
Natalia Zhavoronkova

Natalia Zhavoronkova Directorate for Legal Groundwork for Land and Property Regulations

The current Forest code of the Russian Federation has led to utter degradation of the country’s forestry and made Russia less competitive at the global forestry market.
This is the opinion of Natalia Zhavoronkova, Head of the Directorate for legal groundwork for land and property regulations, environmental protection, management of natural resources and energy sector of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation, cited in the “Russian Forest News” newspaper.