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May 24, 2015 Comments off

Dear IRBA Friends,

The IRBA Newsletter Q1 2015 is now available via the link below:

Kind regards,

The IRBA Team.



SpinUp Partners leads Russian startups to global markets via Singapore accelerators

July 2, 2014 Comments off

by Adrien Henni, East-West Digital News

Over the past months Russian seed-stage fund SpinUp Partners has invested in two Asian startup accelerators – a pioneering move among Russian funds, which usually consider California the prime destination in their global investment strategy.

In March, Spin Up Partners was the secondary investor in an international consortium that injected $2.1 million into Singapore-based Joyful Frog Digital Incubator.

Anchored by Singapore’s Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIFL), the investment round was also supported by Silicon Valley’s Fenox Venture Capital, as well as individual investors from Germany, the Philippines, Thailand and the UK. Read more…

Pig Import Ban into Russia

February 3, 2014 Comments off

by Simon McKeever, Chief Executive, Irish Exporters Association

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has been informed by the European Commission that the Russian Federation has banned the import of pigs, pork and reproductive material certified from the EU after the 26th of January 2014.  The ban follows the discovery of cases of African swine flu in Lithuania.

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Russia: All Carry-on Liquids and Food Banned on Flights

January 13, 2014 Comments off

by Alan Phelan

Russia has banned all carry-on liquids and food on domestic and international flights originating in Russia until 21 March as a security precaution before and after the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The new regulations ban all carry-on liquids, regardless of amount, including personal hygiene items, cosmetics, medicines, sprays, gels and also covers packaged food and baby food items.

Medication that is required to be taken during the flight, as well as baby food, could be allowed on-board in carry-on baggage in certain situations; provided that they have passed through security control and been checked using the necessary equipment.


Russian economy: a slowdown before policy-driven re-acceleration

December 3, 2013 Comments off

by Constantin Gurdgiev

In the generally subdued economic environment in the Western Europe and continued recessionary pressures across other parts of the CIS and former Soviet Union, Russian economy posted significant slowdown in the rate of growth over Q2 2012 and Q2 2013. This trend continued into Q3 2013, with latest figures showing real GDP growth of 1.2% year on year. This puts 2013 growth forecast closer to 1.4-1.6% in real terms and well below beginning of the year consensus forecasts of 2.2-2.7%. H1 2013 growth came in at 1.6%.

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Ryanair: from Ireland to Russia

December 2, 2013 Comments off

by The Irish Times

Ryanair has been granted permission to fly to destinations in Russia from March next year by the country’s aviation authority. The Federal Air Transport Agency, known as Rosaviatsia, will allow the airline to start regular flights on routes from Dublin to Moscow and St Petersburg. Read more…

Education – Higher Education in the Spotlight

December 2, 2013 Comments off

by Marie O’Flynn

This article explores the relationship between Ireland and Russia within an overall economic context and in particular it explores the significant efforts being taken within the higher education sector to benchmark their institutions globally. The Ireland Russia Business Association (an IEA subsidiary) held a seminar in Dublin in June 2012.  John Whelan, the then chief executive of the Exporters Association said; ‘’The Ireland – Russia Joint Economic Commission (JEC) was set-up to drive the development of the trade between the countries, which reflected the fact that Russia is a strategic European growth market for the Irish companies.”

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