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3 march 2014 Expert
Evgeny Gasho

Evgeny Gasho Department for Expert Analytics

In order to solve the problem of energy efficiency, it is imperative to create a system of actions regarding the chain of power generation-transportation-consumption, taking into account regional needs.
Concerns in society caused by the current situation in the public utilities sector are continuously increasing. The government estimated the sector investments needs at 9 USD billion. Furthermore, no one believes that utility rates will stay within specified limits; new social rate of electricity consumption is introduced, such rates for heating consumption are coming as well.
27 february 2014 Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Anton Melnichuk

Anton Melnichuk Directorate for WTO Policies

Descending dynamic of sales of raw materials is caused by the difficulties that economies of developed counties are faced with
The issues of trade barriers, imposed to the Russian exporters on the external markets were discussed on February 26, 2014, at the Analytical Center. This problem has never lost its significance, but it has acquired a particular importance now. Experts noted that the domestic economy is coming to a stagnation.
26 february 2014 Finmarket
Alexander Kurdin

Alexander Kurdin Department for Fuel and Energy Sector

Competition in investments becomes an increasingly important factor and states have to compete with each other to attract them.
On February 25, 2014, the multi-authored monograph “World Economy in the Early XXI Century” was presented at the Analytical Center. This monograph was written by the group of employees and experts of the Analytical Center together with specialists from the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, and the Council for Foreign and Defense Policies.
The information agency “Finmarket” quoted Mr. Alexander Kurdin, Head of the Directorate for Strategic Studies in Energy at the Analytical Center, who mentioned while presenting his part of edition: “If in the past, states had the monopoly on use of force and collection of taxes, etc., now the competition in investments becomes an increasingly important factor and states have to compete with each other to attract them”.
According to the expert, on the one hand, competition is a key element of the market mechanism, and, in theory, globalization must have a positive effect to competition development. However, on the other hand, competition in global markets is not always perfect. “Trade barriers, competitive barriers are removed, but a global protection of competition doesn’t exist”, - Mr. Kurdin said.
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.