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Kesarev prepared a memo of the latest Russian counter-sanction policy developments

April 19, 2018

The memo is aimed to bring more clarity on the risk, procedural time-frame and possible mitigation measures, and might be of interest for a broad range of countries, industries and companies since it may influence them. 

As you remember, on Friday April 13, the Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the Parliament) Viacheslav Volodin and heads of all four State Duma factions submitted a bill “On Measures to React (Counteract) to Unfriendly Activities of the United States of America and Other Foreign Countries”. 

See key highlights on the next page and download the memo for other details and recommendations.

“Some parts of the Russian political elite can consider Putin a 'lame duck' since the re-election”, says Yury Panasik, a partner with Kesarev

March 20, 2018

Yury Panasik comments the Presidential elections for the US version of Forbes. "Putin can see in this situation a significant risk of decline in establishment loyalties and even possible political destabilization," he says. For him, Russia post-Putin is already something to consider and that alone might exert significant influence on Putin’s decisions in the first months of his new term. 

More details on the aftermath of the Russian presidential elections (March 18) and what to expect from the first year from re-elected president and new government are provided within the memo prepared by Kesarev and are available here in Russian and in English

“GR Force 2018” was held with support of Kesarev

March 1, 2018

Eugeny Roshkov, managing partner of Kesarev Consulting was invited as a speaker for the professional forum “GR Force 2018. How to improve the effectiveness of the government relations (GR) function in your company?” 

Eugeny mostly spoke about Moscow being a GR hub for the Central Europe, CIS and EMEA countries and how to improve its positioning as well as how to further develop GR profession in the region and which steps should be taken to ensure it. 

Kesarev’s strategic partner - the Legislative Development Center – jointly with The Institute for Socio-Economic and Political Studies presented a new research

January 22, 2018

The research shows the reform of the legislative process, launched during the first 2 sessions of the State Duma’s 7th convocation was nailed down within autumn session 2017. The reform was designed to improve the quality of initiatives and to prevent the formation of new "legislative debris" from non-promising draft laws.

By the end of 2017, MPs cleared about 75% of "legislative debris" while the total number of the new draft laws introduced by all the subjects of legislative initiative decreased by 26%.

Total number of the draft laws introduced by the MPs decreased from 55% on average in the previous years to 40% this session. Now the parliamentarians pay much more attention to the quality of preparatory work on the legislative initiatives. Deputies’ work was mostly targeted on social issues; besides this, MPs continue to initiate the expansion of parliamentary control.

Yury Panasik joined a program for senior-level public affairs professionals organized by the Public Affairs Institute

January 15, 2018

During the second week of January Yury Panasik, Partner of Kesarev Consulting, entered the first year of innovative three-year program of the Public Affairs Institute held in the California, US. 

The program is focused on strengthening a participant’s abilities as a strategic analyst, a counselor to senior management, and as a liaison with governmental policy makers, business and community leaders.

Pavel Melnikov gave a special master class on the basics of GR at Moscow State University

September 29, 2017

Pavel Melnikov, Partner of Kesarev Consulting, gave a master-class "No time to explain, or GR basics in 90 minutes" at the Moscow State University. Master class was organized on September, 28 within "Strategic Communications" course of the Laboratory of Integrated Communications at the Faculty of Journalism of MSU.

Kesarev Consulting is represented in the rating of Top-1000 Russian Managers for the third time

September 29, 2017

Government relations Directors voted for Pavel Melnikov in the GR Directors’ listing 2017 (professional services section).

Top-1000 Russian Managers Rating is prepared on an annual basis by the Russian Managers Association and Kommersant newspaper. The rating methodology is based on the principle "the best choose the best" so that functional executives (such as in GR and PA) assess functional managers.

Full rating is available here

Kesarev launched a special course on government relations for students of the Higher School of Economics

September 11, 2017

Kesarev team has launched a special course “Interaction with state authorities: GR-management” at the Higher School of Economics. The course is held for the 2nd year Master's students specializing in applied political science. It is practice-oriented and focused on developing the students’ skills in issues management, stakeholder mapping, and communication with the governmental authorities.

Kesarev team to support clients at the Eurasian Week 2017 in Astana

August 23, 2017

On August 24-26 Kesarev team will work at the 2nd Eurasian Week to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Eurasian Week is the largest annual business forum aimed at development of economy, investment and export potential of the Eurasian Economic Union and organized by the Eurasian Economic Commission.  This year, the Forum is held in Astana at the platform of EXPO-2017.

These days we will support clients in creating high-impact strategies in the EAEU market that maximize value, using specifically customized tools.

Kesarev signed a memorandum with Kazakh authorities on development of regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies

July 17, 2017

Kesarev Consulting will work on developing blockchain solutions for Kazakhstan within the framework of International Financial Center «Astana». Partnership was announced together with Deloitte, CIS, Waves, Juscutum. In the next phase of the project, the working team will be looking at widening the participation to include other industry stakeholders.

“The signing of the memorandum with our partners on the development of the digital currency market on the basis of the International Financial Center Astana is the first step towards a creation of a full-fledged ecosystem of the digital economy in Kazakhstan,” said Natalia Sheiko Kesarev Consulting partner.