INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
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Analytical Bulletin, Issue 6 (13), June 2013

July 3, 2013

The Institute of Contemporary Development has published its monthly analytical bulletin for June. The main topics of this issue are: the formation of the Eurasian Economic Union and expert support for Eurasian integration; Armenia – between Russian and the European Union; Rossotrudnichestvo in programs for international development in post-Soviet space; the policy of developed countries with regard to offshore jurisdictions.

The annotation of Analytical Bulletin No. 6 (13) can be found below. The full text of the bulletin in Russian can be found here.

Issue 6 (13), June 2013

Igor Yurgens. Eurasian Integration: Feedback Channels Are Needed

The topic of Eurasian integration and the present and future of the Customs Union was discussed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. “The leadership of the Russian People’s Front announced its intention to address the problems of Eurasian integration through one of its permanent monitoring enters. If this initiative followed through on and not for propagandistic objectives but with practical aims, with the inclusion of a large circle of competent people, it could substantially facilitate truly beneficial integration. At present there is no broad discussion of the aims and problems of integration. Outside the Eurasian Economic Commission and a narrow group of leaders, the process remains unclear, potentially causing negative perceptions both in many post-Soviet states and in the West.”

Sergey Kulik. The Eurasian Project: A Difficult Crossroads in Yerevan

A discussion of Armenia’s position with regard to the Customs Union (CU) and Eurasian Economic Space (EES) in light of the country’s developing ties with the European Union. “Despite the significant interconnection with the economy of Russia and CU, in Armenia there is great skepticism with regard to full membership in the CU and the future EES. If the recently developed CU offers a presents of advantages and disadvantages at least for domestic debates among proponents and opponents, then the EES largely seems to be a blank spot. This is used by proponents of European integration and their opponents do not have weighty arguments to change the balance and convince the public.”

Sergey Kulik. Rossotrudnichestvo in Programs for International Development

A discussion of the changes introduced by Vladimir Putin in his decree on May 8, 2013, on the functions of Rossotrudnichestvo with regard to international development, in particular in post-Soviet space. “One of the main objectives for Rossotrudnichestvo as the leading mechanism for bilateral aid in the CIS is to establish international development program priorities with due consideration of Russia’s interests and limited resources as well as the needs and preferences of the recipient countries. In a number of CIS countries humanitarian aid is not expected while development assistance would be welcomed, which could correspond to Russia’s interests as well. At the same time it is necessary to, keeping in mind Russia’s soft power objectives, reformat existing mechanisms of target aid toward international development programs. Planning over the medium and long term would certainly help accomplish this.”

Nikita Maslennikov. Tax Consensus – 2013: From the G8 to the G20

A discussion the decisions related to offshore jurisdictions adopted at the G8 summit in Lough Erne in July and about the policies of developed countries aimed at raising the effectiveness of tax and budget consolidation: “If all goes as planned, will offshore zones remain on global map? Our short answer is yes, but with significant ‘stratification’ and substantial transformation. The automated exchange of information and ability to control the financial flows of beneficiaries will sooner or later undermine one of the main functions of offshore zones – tax evasion.” “It remains unclear whether the offshore agenda will become an area for compromise between development and developing countries (which is important in the context of the processes of the rebalancing of global demand) and a basis for the emergence of new areas of conflict.”