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  • 07 Dec 2021 5:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA and Partners,

    As you may know, the Arctic Council was established in 1996 as a high-level intergovernmental forum that could address issues faced by the Arctic governments and the indigenous people of the Arctic.

    Being a member of the Arctic Council and current chair, with regard to further Arctic collaboration Russia has developed the program of the Russian Chairmanship in the Arctic Council for 2021-2023, and the document setting Russia’s Chairmanship priorities for 2021-2023.

    Links to relevant documents can be found below:

    Russia’s Chairmanship Priorities

    Programme of the Russian Chairmanship

  • 03 Dec 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    On December 3, the joint memorandum in favor of mutual recognition of vaccination certificates between the countries was signed by the major foreign business associations in Russia, as well as the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP).

    On behalf of CERBA, the memorandum was signed by Nathan Hunt, Founder of the Association and Chairman of the Moscow Board. The signing ceremony took place during the public press conference held at the Moscow premises of "Izvestiya" – one of Russia's most well-known media portals.

    "This is a historic moment of the unification of so many chambers and main business associations of Russia in the person of Alexander Shokhin, the President of RSPP," noted Pavel Chinsky, General Director, Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Russie).

    This initiative aims to remove the main obstacle that is currently restricting business representatives from cross-borders travel by appealing to respective states’ governments to recognize foreign vaccination certificates for travel purposes.

    In his speech during the signing ceremony, Nathan Hunt pointed out that international trade and business suffer from current travel restrictions related to COVID-19, and the recognition of certificates of vaccinations from other countries will allow resuming cross-border business contacts. Mr. Hunt also added that mutual recognition of vaccination certificates is in the best interest of all countries, including Canada, and can also contribute to global vaccination efforts.

    The final document will be delivered to the Russia-based Ambassadors of all the countries represented by chambers that signed the memorandum (Canada, Japan, the EU Member States, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and will be copied to the Health Ministers of those countries.


    The undersigned business associations and chambers have agreed on the following joint memorandum regarding the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates:

    - considering that the COVID-19 pandemic and related epidemiological safety measures have had a deep and lasting impact on cross-border mobility;

    - mindful of the importance of cross-border activities and travel for the efficient functioning of the global economy and in particular trade and investment flows;

    - convinced that global vaccination efforts are of prime importance for reallowing and reviving economic activity including international travel;

    - understanding that the registration and certification of vaccines is a complex, regulation driven, and thus inevitably time-consuming process best left to competent health authorities;

    - taking note that there is currently no mutual recognition of vaccinations and vaccination certificates between Russia and some of its most important trading partners;

    - fearing that without mutual recognition vaccination certificates new measures such as QR code requirements for travel might once more have a negative impact on cross-border business activity;

    - certain that against the background of rising infection levels, mutual recognition represents a strong incentive to further bolster global vaccination and re-vaccination efforts;

    - believing that such mutual recognition will stimulate cross-border business contacts as well as trade and investment activities between Russia and its most important economic partners;

    - convinced that such stimulus would be highly beneficial at a time when economic recovery remains haphazard and fragile;


    Nathan Hunt, Founder of the Association and Chairman of the Moscow Board, Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA)

    Alexander Shokhin, President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)

    Tadzio Schilling, Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Businesses (AEB)

    Pavel Chinsky, General Director, Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI France Russie)

    Alexis Rodzianko, President, American Chamber of Commerce in Russia (AmCham Russia)

    Alf Torrents, Executive Director, Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC)

    Daniel Russell, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC)

    Michael Harms, Managing Director, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations

    Frédéric Sanchez, Chairman, MEDEF International

    Tim Knoll, Executive Director, German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK)

    Ernesto Ferlenghi, Vice President, Confindustria Russia

    Vincenzo Trani, President, Italian-Russian Chamber of Commerce

    The original text of the Joint Memorandum can be found below:

    English version

    Russian version

    Full video recording is available at (in Russia):

  • 29 Nov 2021 4:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the governmental Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection has decided to restrict entry into the Russian Federation from November 28, 2021 for foreign citizens residing in the territory of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and foreign citizens staying in these territories during the last 10 days.

    Air traffic with Tanzania suspended until February 1, 2021.

    In addition there will be organized express COVID testing of Russian citizens arriving from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Eswatini, Tanzania and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the People's Republic of China Republics, Israel, the UK, and foreign nationals arriving from the People's Republic of China, Israel, the UK.

    Which document introduces the changes?

    The decision of the Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection (available in Russian at the following link

    Who is affected?

    Foreign citizens who reside or stay in the listed countries.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 25 Nov 2021 2:06 PM | Vera Dedyulya (Administrator)

    Canada-Russia Business Council successfully concludes its final meeting «ESG AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NEW REALITY»

    Over 600 participants became a part of the 4-weeks marathon of the 6 sector-focused working groups and a final plenary session on the 18th of November having addressed life sciences, telemedicine and healthcare, cleantech in mining, metals and oil and gas, construction and infrastructure, aerospace and transportation, agri-tech and agri-food as well as ICT. 

    MOSCOW & WWWNovember 18, 2021 – The Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) and the Russian Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists (RSPP) are pleased to have hosted the 6th biannual meeting of the Canada-Russia Business Council (CRBC). The CRBC was created to promote a deeper understanding of Russian and Canadian markets and a thoughtful delivery of quality information, analysis and business intelligence on their investment and business landscape. It assembles experts from business, finance, purchasing, government, diplomatic, consulting, academic and non-profit backgrounds to focus on key trends, constraints and opportunities in the bilateral relations  in the context of today’s global economy, Arctic and North development, post-pandemic recovery and ESG. 

    The event was officially opened by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Canada, who noted that in the past 9 months Canada-Russia bilateral trade turnover had grown by 75% compared to 2020 and pointed out the investment climate improvement priorities. 

    The keynote address was delivered by a prominent Russia expert, renowned economist, Daniel Thorniley, who stated  that “…business in Russia is better for your companies than Latin America, infinitely superior to Africa, much better than the Middle East and better than many markets of Asia.” The participants gained unfiltered insights about investment opportunities in Russia and its market dynamics.

    CRBC’s panelists included the representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation,  Kinross Gold Corporation, Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie of the Government of Quebec as well as Former Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government. 

    Gilles Breton, the Chairman of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association and Co-Chair of the CRBC from the Canadian side outlined the major takeaways from the meeting including a leadership role in all aspects of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) by CRBC and its stakeholders; trade diversification focus; innovation underpinning the new bilateral trade activity. He also said: “We will have to consider more interaction with our respective governments in terms of removing obstacles to trade or misalignments in the pursuit of sustainable development and trade diversification objectives. In the case of Canada, our work is already cut out for us:  reverse not so much policy but practice that is inconsistent with that of all of Canada’s allies that also happen to be competitors in the Russian market. As part of our interaction with regional and provincial governments, we have seen the need to seek integration with the Arctic Council and the Nordic Council.” Gilles Breton also underscored the people aspect: “Specific comments from some of our stakeholders also remind us that in Canada we need to convey throughout our activities the intrinsically positive image of our business cooperation with Russia and of our Russian partners.”

    The event was moderated by Nathan Hunt, the Chairman of the Moscow Chapter of the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association. “Canada-Russia Business Council is committed to building, strengthening and promoting long-term cooperation between business entities in Canada and the Russian Federation,” said Nathan. 

    For more information please  visit   or  contact:


    About CRBC

    The Russia Canada Business Council (RCBC) is committed to building, strengthening and promoting long-term cooperation between business entities in Canada and Russia. The impetus for the formation of the Council arose from Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 12, 2004. Both leaders expressed a commitment to the nurturing and development of long-term business ties between Canada and Russia.

    The RCBC was created in 2005 by the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE) and held its first general meeting in October 2005 in Moscow. The work of the RCBC has been carried out through the establishment of active committees with the participation of Canadian and Russian industry leaders, each focusing on an individual sector of the bilateral trade and investment relationship. In addition, the Council is mandated to assist in resolving any trade disputes and will work towards the reduction or elimination of trade and investment barriers.

    Continued RCBC work provides a welcome opportunity to reaffirm the strong and growing economic relationship between Canada and Russia, providing a solid foundation for broader cooperation and progress in their overall bilateral relationship.

    About CERBA

    The Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association was founded in 2004 with a mandate to enhance and support trade, investment and good relations between the countries of Canada, Eurasia and Russia. CERBA is a unique non- for-profit organization having a network of over 180 corporations. To meet the dynamic needs of its growing membership it has established seven chapters located in Moscow, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Almaty. As an association, CERBA provides an extensive network of contacts in the private and public sectors with frequent events, informative seminars on pertinent topics in the Eurasian market, a bi-annual business summit, a quarterly printed Newsletter, committees of the Canada-Russia Business Council (CRBC), and annual trade missions.  Additionally CERBA provides market intelligence, advocates with the Canadian and Eurasian government on key issues, and manages active sector-based committees to promote partnership between CERBA members and their counterparts in Eurasia.

    About the Russian Union of Entrepreneurs and Industrialists (RSPP)

    The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP), established in June 1990, is a non-governmental organisation promoting the interests of Russia’s business community. The RSPP President is Alexander Shokhin. The RSPP was set up to promote Russian business interests in Russia and abroad, to help make Russia more business friendly and attractive to investors, and to maintain the balance of interests of business, government and society. The RSPP represents the interests of all Russian businesses, regardless of their size, sector or location. The RSPP operates in two capacities: as a non-governmental organisation, and as a national association of employers. This enables the RSPP to promote the interests of its members most effectively.

    For more information about CRBC Meeting, please, visit 

  • 16 Nov 2021 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the governmental Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection has decided to resume regular air traffic with Bangladesh, Brazil, Mongolia, Costa Rica and Argentina.

    – The flights will resume effective from December 1, 2021.

    – Passenger rail traffic with Finland will resume from December 12, 2021.

    – Air traffic with Tanzania suspended until December 1, 2021.

    Which document introduces the changes?

    The decision of the Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection (available in Russian at the following link

    Who is affected?

    Russian and foreign citizens who travel from Russia to the listed countries or vice versa.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 03 Nov 2021 11:15 AM | Vera Dedyulya (Administrator)

    Canada Russia Business Council hosted a Natural Resources Working Group entitled" Cleantech in Mining, Metals and Oil&Gas" on November 2, 2021. 


    The meeting participants explored the possibilities of bilateral cooperation in the field of clean technologies in the natural resources sector to create a stronger ecosystem of technological innovation in both countries' public and private sectors, which would allow the implementation of new ideas to the market and a further companies' growth. The group was co-chaired by Paula Tolksdorff, Regional Director, Africa, ESG; Hatch representing Canada and  Nazim Efendiev, CEO, Metalloinvest representing the Russian Federation.

    The moderator of the session, Robert Machowski, Regional Director - Russia and CIS, Hatch, outlined the importance and necessity of joint and concerted efforts of all countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and noted that already now, the efforts of companies within the framework of ESG are leading to the cost reduction and improvements in risk management.

    During the Sessions, the following topics were discussed:

    · Tomas Lopez Cabanillas, Deputy Director, International Affairs and Trade Division, Natural Resources Canada, presented national approaches to ensure that Canada's commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals are met and highlighted the use of clean technologies in Canada's mining sector.

    · Michal Kowalczyk, Vice-President, ESG Strategy, Kinross Gold, spoke about Kinross Gold's energy efficiency approach and energy sources diversification. The company organized its Committee on Renewable Energy and Alternative Energy Sources back in 2006 and actively develops sustainable approaches in this direction.

    ·Yuri Gavrilov, Director for Strategy, Development and Transformation at Metalloinvest, spoke about the “green metallurgy” strategy. In 2020, Metalloinvest, together with KPMG, developed a climate strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. 

    ·Svetlana Ivchenko, Director of the Department for Sustainability, Norilsk Nickel, spoke about the organization's environmental protection strategy and climate change. Svetlana noted that some of the key achievements of 2021 were NorNickel's: metals' carbon footprint calculation methodology development and implementation and independent analysis of Norilsk Nickel's greenhouse gas emissions in 2019-2020 by Ernst & Young.

    ·Trevor Bergfeldt, Global Director, Decarbonization and Sustainability, Hatch, presented his topic on carbon footprint reduction in the mining and metals industries. Trevor provided an overview of decarbonization global driving forces and presented a proven methodology for identifying, prioritizing and implementing a portfolio of initiatives to achieve greenhouse gas and energy emission reduction targets.

    ·Ryan McEachern, Managing Director, MSTA, gave a brief overview of the Canadian companies that increase the responsibility in the mining industry.

    · Oleg Pertsovskiy, Operations Director, Cluster of Energy-Efficient Technologies, Skolkovo, spoke about the emerging technologies in the green industry field and the leading start-ups' accelerators in Russia.

    The group's participants and co-chairs agreed to continue working together on the CRBC platform. They noted that this kind of dialogue between regions, regulators, and industry shows the possibility to create and accelerate positive change by strengthening relationships, sharing experiences, best practices, and technologies. Moreover, these discussions are critical in the global movement towards a sustainable, prosperous and just world economy.

  • 02 Nov 2021 4:20 AM | Anonymous

    Intermark was honored to receive two awards: by CARTUS and BGRS, two of the largest global relocation companies in the world of outsourcing services, related to employee relocation.

    CARTUS honored Intermark with the Platinum award for Commitment to Excellence 2021 at the recent Cartus Global Network Conference.

    BGRS named Intermark as Platinum Award Winner among its Global Supplier Network, recognizing outstanding performance and going above and beyond to demonstrate Intermark commitment to service excellence.

    These awards recognize commitment to quality, superior service, and innovation in the changing face of relocation. Intermark provides the best relocation services as well as immigration and NNG moving services in Russia & 9 CIS countries and is constantly thinking about its clients and how to improve their relocation experience and life in a new country.

    You can read an original version here.

  • 29 Oct 2021 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the law, which amends rules of medical check up for foreign nationals obtaining work and residence permits in Russia, HQS work permits included, takes effect on October 31, 2021.

    Which law introduces the changes?

    Federal law No. 357-FZ dated 2 July 2021

    What are the key changes?

    1. In case of approval of a work permit application, HQS work permit included, visa-required foreign nationals must submit medical documents confirming results of their medical check-up in Russia to the responsible migration authority.

    The deadline for submitting these documents is 30 calendar days from the date of entry in Russia Failure to submit the documents within the deadline is legal basis for work permit cancellation.

    NB! The medical check-up includes tests for narcomania, HIV and several infectious diseases, which are hazardous for population, included in the list approved by Order the Ministry of Health of Russia N. 384н dated 29.06.2015.

    2. Requirement to provide medical documents is also prescribed for the purpose of obtaining temporary residence permits (TRP), permanent residence permits (PRP) and upon submitting applications for work patents.

    3. The chief executive authority of each Russian region must approve the list of clinics authorized to conduct medical check-ups for the purpose of obtaining work permits, patents, TRP and PRP.

    NB! In the territory of the city of Moscow the relevant list is approved by the Decree of the Government of Moscow No. 1517-ПП dated 28.09.2021 (takes force on 31.10.2021). This list includes only one medical institution – State Budgetary Institution of healthcare of the city of Moscow "Moscow Scientific and Practical Center of Dermatovenerology and Cosmetology of the Department of Healthcare of the City of Moscow".

    Intermark comments

    The law does not provide for exceptions for HQS employees, which means that visa required HQS employees must also pass medical check-ups and submit relevant documents in order to avoid cancellation of their work permits.

    In our estimation, this requirement does not apply to work permit corrections and renewals, yet we recommend checking necessity of providing medical documents in such cases with specific migration office.

    Holders of valid medical documents procured in accordance with the above-mentioned requirements will not need to pass another medical check-up after 29 December 2021 (in accordance with the law 274-FZ dated 01.07.2021 which introduces regular medical check-ups for all foreign employees), until the medical documents expire.

    We will be monitoring closely the practice of implementation of the new rules in relation to HQS employees after the law takes effect.

    Who is affected?

    Foreign nationals who enter to Russia for collection of work permits after 31.10.2021 as well as those obtaining work patents, TRPs and PRPs.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 08 Oct 2021 4:30 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that in accordance with the Government decree no 2770-r dated 02.10.2021 (link in Russian) restrictions on entry into Russia and issuing of migration permits have been lifted for citizens of Denmark, Peru, New Zealand, South Africa and Djibouti, as well as for persons permanently residing in these countries.

    As it has been reported earlier, the regular flights with these countries are resumed effective October 5.

    In addition, the "green list" has been supplemented with Andorra (has no airports of its own), Kuwait, and Colombia (renewal of regular flights not yet announced).

    This is to remind you that entry into the Russian Federation will be allowed for citizens and permanent residents of the above countries in case of entering via flight from any country that is included in the green list.


    Countries included in the list in the Appendix 1 to the Government decree No. 635-r dated March 16, 2020 (the restrictions on entry and migration permits obtaining are lifted):

    - UK
    - Turkey
    - Tanzania (1)
    - Switzerland
    - Egypt
    - Maldives
    - UAE
    - Kazakhstan
    - Kyrgyzstan
    - South Korea
    - Belarus (2)
    - Serbia
    - Cuba
    - France

    - Japan
    - Ethiopia
    - Seychelles
    - Finland
    - India
    - Qatar
    - Vietnam
    - Armenia
    - Azerbaijan
    - Greece
    - Singapore
    - Venezuela
    - Syria
    - Czech Republic

    - Tajikistan
    - Uzbekistan
    - Sri Lanka
    - Germany
    - Iceland
    - Malta
    - Mexico
    - Portugal
    - Saudi Arabia
    - Austria
    - Hungary
    - Luxembourg
    - Lebanon
    - Albania

    - Mauritius
    - Morocco
    - Croatia
    - Belgium
    - Bulgaria
    - Jordan
    - Ireland
    - Italy
    - Cyprus
    - North Macedonia
    - USA
    - Liechtenstein (3)
    - China (3)
    - Moldova

    - Dominicana
    - Bahrain
    - Iraq
    - Spain
    - Kenya
    - Slovakia
    - Denmark
    - Peru
    - South Africa
    - New Zealand
    - Djibouti
    - Andorra (3)
    - Colombia (3)
    - Kuwait (3)

    1 Air traffic suspended until November 1, 2021

    2 Included in the separate clause of the decree 635-r (cl. 2.10)

    3 There was no official confirmation on re-establishing regular air traffic


    You can read an original version here.

  • 11 Aug 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    We would like to update you on the latest information on the current COVID-19 situation in Russia and CIS countries. The epidemiological situation varies across regions: appropriate restrictive measures are implemented at the local level. All relevant information on the current COVID-19 situation in Russia and CIS countries was gathered and prepared by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation. To learn more about COVID-19 restriction update in each country, please click the respective link below.


    Russia continues to expand the list of "approved countries" whose citizens and permanent residents can cross the borders. Recently flights have been resumed with France, the Czech Republic and Albania. In Moscow the majority of restrictions have been lifted.

    Learn More


    Air and land borders are open for foreign citizens. The quarantine regime has been extended until the end of 2021. Almost all restrictive measures have been cancelled.

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    Azerbaijan’s land borders are closed for entry. Air borders are open. The quarantine regime is in effect till September 1st. In September some quarantine measures will be tightened.
    Learn More


    Air borders are open for foreign citizens: recently certain requirements regarding self-isolation and vaccinated foreign nationals have been changed. Entry of foreign nationals and stateless persons via land borders is still prohibited with some exceptions. No particular coronavirus-related restrictions are implemented by the government In Belarus.

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    Air and land borders are open for entry: the requirements vary for vaccinated and non-vaccinated foreign citizens. Most restrictive measures have been cancelled: the curfew has been lifted.
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    Earlier imposed entry rules are in force in Kazakhstan: borders are open for 16 countries. The epidemiological situation is currently unstable in the country: strict quarantine measures have been introduced in Nur-Sultan and Almaty.

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    Kyrgyzstan’s borders are open for foreign nationals. Minimum restrictive quarantine measures are in force in the country.
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    Recently the Moldovan government has made adjustments in the entry procedure. The government categorizes all countries as "green" or "red" zones for arrivals. In Chișinău most quarantine measures have been terminated.

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    Ukrainian borders are open for crossing. However, over the past days the government has imposed a new entry procedure for foreign citizens. The adaptive quarantine regime is in force till the end of August. All Ukrainian regions are divided in several zones according to COVID-19 spread and prevalence rate: green, yellow, orange and red.
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    Foreign nationals are allowed to enter Uzbekistan. Persons are obliged to comply with quarantine restrictions in the country: mass events are banned, catering facilities are subject to limitations.
    Learn More


    You can read an original version here.