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The Exporter April 2020

How do you start an article on Russia? I asked myself. There are really only two ways. One is to talk about the business opportunity. Stick to the facts. Exporters and business thrive on facts...

New Russian law tightens the procedure for putting medicines on the market and complicates ending distribution agreements

From 29 November 2019, medicines for human use will no longer be put on the market based on declarations of compliance and certification. More complex quality control requirements will be introduced. Pharmaceutical companies will have to submit documents on the quality of each batch of medicines to the Russian pharmaceutical regulator (Roszdravnadzor), conduct tests of the first three batches produced or imported and periodically submit test reports of batches of any medicine put into circulation.

Vladivostok: Russia’s Far East Cinderella Story

Vladivostok is a key city in a region that few outside of Russia report on, some may have never heard of it. When there is an event such as the Far East Economic Forum, there is a flurry of news, a flash in the pan, but afterwards little follow-up and then it is off the world’s radar again. Big mistake!

Russian Smart Contract Lunch at the Blockchain Table

A client (for this narrative I will call him Igor) from a central Russia region breathlessly phoned me after this past Thanksgiving weekend to say he was in Moscow and urgently needed to meet. My mercantile brain kicked into gear, and we agreed to lunch at a fine restaurant on Tverskaya Street. To make a long story short, he had a board meeting two days earlier and was “ordered” to get the company geared up to employ blockchain smart contract applications to reduce overheads and improve efficiencies – immediately.

SME’s Have Finally Gotten Russia’s Attention

This past October 23rdbrought cold, rain and the foretaste of winter. On the bright side, I received a phone call from the incredibly dedicated, hardworking and active Ms. Oksana Romanchuk who is Member of the Board and Business Ambassador to the UK for “OPORA RUSSIA“.

Entropy and the Dollar by Paul Goncharoff

Asked to make a presentation on the increasing shift in the commercial and geopolitical world toward de-dollarization, I reviewed (yet again) a recent study by the U.S. Defence Department, ‘At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World’.

Dollar In Wonderland by Paul Goncharoff

 “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice(she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” This Alice in Wonderland snippet seems apt when considering the current state of relations between the U.S. and Russia.

Possible Trade Agreement Between the EEU and ASEAN by Paul Goncharoff

Paul Goncharoff, an American businessman in Moscow joins the program.

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