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We would like to invite you to take part in the fourth Russian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Forum (SME Forum), which will be held on 23 May 2018 to coincide with the start of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The objective of the Forum is to create a permanent community of small and medium-sized enterprises to discuss the current SME climate and the measures which need to be taken in order to strengthen their role in the Russian economy. Every year, the SME Forum attracts over 700 representatives of federal and regional legislative and executive bodies, directors of small and medium-sized enterprises, directors of state and public organizations providing support to SMEs, and representatives from the banking sector and legal and consultancy firms. The SME Forum creates an environment for open dialogue between government and enterprise, with a view to reducing administrative barriers and optimizing infrastructure, financial, and institutional support measures. The SME Forum business programme will include discussions on the role of small and medium-sized enterprise in developing the Russian economy,
available business support tools, international cooperation, how to ensure that companies have access to funding, and business startup success stories, as well as special master classes. Architecture for the SME Forum business programme is available on the SME official website. The Forum is organized by the Roscongress Foundation and OPORA Russia. The Federal Corporation for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME Corporation) is the event partner. We hope that the Forum will be one of the most important events in your 2018 business calendar. We look forward to seeing you in St. Petersburg.


The Russian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Forum

Anton Kobyakov, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Peter Ericson, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden, met in Moscow. During the meeting they discussed the participation of the Swedish delegation in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on 24–26 May 2018, including a detailed discussion of the Russian-Swedish panel as part of the Business Programme of the Forum. Heads of the largest Swedish companies will join the delegation from Sweden.

Anton Kobyakov emphasized a positive trend in the development of the bilateral trade, which in January-February 2018 grew by 75% compared to the same period in 2017 and amounted to about $1 billion.

“This dynamic goes a long way. About 350 Swedish companies have their representative offices in Russia. Their direct investment in the Russian economy over the nine months of 2017 went up 1.5 times, making Sweden the ninth biggest investor in the Russian economy,” – he said.

During the meeting, Swedish Ambassador to Russia Peter Ericson stated “Swedish companies take a keen interest in Russia and investing in the Russian market. For the first time in three years, the Swedish business heavy hitters will be a part of the delegation. CEOs of AstraZeneca, Volvo Group, Stena, Oriflame will come with long-term plans for co-operation with Russian partners.”

Russia-Sweden round table Digital Business Transformation And Investment Potential will take place on 24 May 2018. The discussion participants will take a look at the major challenges of digitalization and the issues of large companies business processes adaptation to new digital economy requirements, will share best practices on the transition to an innovative business model, and discuss options for co-operation in the matter.

Anton Kobyakov noted the relevance of the digitalization discussion. He conveyed that the topic of Digital Business Transformation And Investment Potential coincides with one of the key lines of the Russian economy development, stated by the President of the Russian Federation in the State of the Federation speech, namely – ensuring state-of-the-art technological development, which is impossible without digital technologies best practices exchange. This becomes especially relevant intersectorally and the round table participants will certainly illustrate this.


The Stockholm District Court has sentenced Leonid Karnyushin, who committed a string of violent trespassing offenses against the Russian embassy, to a mandatory treatment order and a major fine.

STOCKHOLM, April 3. /TASS/. The Stockholm District Court has sentenced Leonid Karnyushin, who committed a string of violent trespassing offenses against the Russian embassy and inflicted damaged on Russia’s diplomatic property in January, to a mandatory treatment order and a major fine, a court spokesperson told TASS on Tuesday.

“The court has sentenced Karnyushin to mandatory treatment, the duration of which will be determined by doctors. He will also have to pay a fine of 106,794 Swedish kronas ($12,967),” the court spokesperson said.

Swedish prosecutors charged Karnyuhsin with three counts of maliciously breaking and entering into diplomatic premises and trespassing, two counts of inflicting damage and attempted assault on officials. Last week, the results of his forensic examination were made public, which showed that Karnyuhsin was suffering from a mental disorder.


INNOPROM is annually held in Ekaterinburg since 2010.

This year it will be from 9-12 July, 2018 in Ekaterinburg (Russia)

The principles of INNOPROM are:

  • to organize a trade fair rooted in the priorities driving world industry and technology at present – and on the priorities that underpin Russia’s program of industrial and manufacturing development
  • INNOPROM sets out a platform for international cooperation
  • The agenda of INNOPROM events is shaped by the interests and opinions of industry experts
  • The sharply-focused events within the scope of INNOPROM are themed around the most pressing issues
  • Globally-respected experts give their input and insight on pivotal matters of concern.

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OpenBio communication platform – complex of events in the sphere of life sciences, held in the Science town of Koltsovo, Novosibirsk region, Russia, the last decade of October, 2018.
OpenBio is dedicated to commercialization of ideas and business development in biotechnology:
We look forward to greeting you at the OpenBio communication platform for participating in international congress where several open discussions, exposition of biotech and biopharma enterprises from different countries, B2B brokerage event, discussion of joint participation in European research and innovation programs, exchange of experience, visiting of manufactories will be held.
An inspirational program is scheduled, it will bring together innovation companies, specialized in medicines, pharmaceuticals, functional food, cosmetics, veterinary, industrial biotechnologies, ecology, scientists from the spheres of biotechnology, molecular biology and virology, researchers and experts in innovation business, technology transfer, commercialization, clustering and science support from Russia and abroad.
In 2017 OpenBio was attended by 700 experts, business representatives and scientists. OpenBio was established in 2014 and was included in the official list of events of the EU-Russia year of science.
Please visit the official website for more details: http://www.openbio.ru/en.html
Contact at e@ick.ru or +7 383 306 19 17, Julia Belogrivtseva

Invitation 2018