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            [post_content] => On April 20, 2024, PhD in Political Science, CEO of Baikal Communications Group, Eduard Voytenko spoke as an expert in the field of GR&Lobbying to the students of the mini MBA program of Maqsut Narikbayev University Business School.

As part of the educational module, Eduard Voytenko shared his working experience with public authorities in the EAEU member states and spoke about GR technologies for interaction with the EEC. The expert separately focused on the peculiarities of GR activity in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

During the classes, Eduard Voytenko paid special attention to methods and technologies of lobbying in government bodies using the example of real cases from his practice: from creating sectoral strategies in government agencies and promoting initiatives in executive and legislative authorities to developing technical regulations in the EEC and overcoming sectoral and regulatory barriers in foreign markets. In practice, he demonstrated the main GR and lobbying tools such as: analytical tools (GR strategy, stakeholder maps, competitive environment analysis, monitoring and assessment of regulatory risks, legal expertise of draft laws, etc.), GR, PR, ESG and event management.

The educational event was held under the auspices of the company's mission to popularize and develop the GR profession in Russia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
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            [post_content] => Baikal Communications Group jointly with the MGIMO Law Club organized the first case-championship in Russia "Baikal Communications Group x MGIMO Case Championship", dedicated to the development of students' professional skills and competencies in the field of GR and lobbying. During the business game, the participants were asked to solve a number of legislative tasks: to conduct a legal examination of the draft law, to develop a concept for the development of legislation in a specific area, to justify the need to regulate a particular area of public relations.

103 teams (205 people) had registered to participate in the case championship. Among the participants were undergraduate and graduate students, as well as graduate students from 50 universities in 23 cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Vologda, Ivanovo, Tula, Vladimir, Lipetsk, Kursk, Saratov, Samara, Yoshkar-Ola, Tomsk, Kurgan, Rostov-on-Don, Stavropol, Krasnodar, Makhachkala, Grozny, Cherkessk, Odintsovo.

After the qualifying round, 14 teams entered the semi-finals, which presented a concept for the legislation development in the field of responsible treatment of animals. They analyzed and evaluated the current regulation, identified its shortcomings and formulated proposals for improving legislation.

The jury, which included Baikal Communications Group representatives and invited experts from the Agency for Strategic Initiatives, evaluated performances of the teams.

As a result, 7 teams made it to the finals of the case-championship. They were asked to assess the prospects for regulating lobbying and GR in Russia and justify the most balanced approach. The most convincing were the teams from the Higher School of Economics ("Bernays Fans", first place), St. Petersburg State University of the Russian Federation ("Bodryachki", second place) and Moscow State University ("Sapsan", third place). The winners and prize-winners of the case championship will be able to complete an internship at Baikal Communications Group and the Agency for Strategic Initiatives.

It is planned that the Baikal Communications Group x MGIMO Case Championship will be held annually. This will allow students to familiarize themselves with the professions of lobbyists and GR specialists and open up new professional opportunities for them at the intersection of law, politics and economics.
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            [post_content] => On April 13, MGIMO completed the 13th round of the advanced training program “GR and lobbying in Business and Nonprofit Sector”, implemented by Baikal Communications Group in cooperation with the School of Business and International Proficiency. 

The purpose of the program is to master and improve the activities of professional specialists in promoting the interests of business and NGOs in government bodies at the federal and regional levels, as well as in the supranational and international space.

The course program includes disciplines devoted to various aspects of GR and lobbying activities: significant attention is paid to building communication between business and public authorities in a crisis period, GR in the sustainable development of an organization, managing relations with public, expert and scientific institutions, working with business and industry associations, state corporations and development institutions, as well as with the Subcommission The Board of Directors for the Control of Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation.

25 experts spoke to the audience, including Eduard Voytenko, scientific director of the program, PhD in political science and CEO of consulting firms Baikal Communications Group (Moscow) and Edward’s East Strategies (Astana), Andrey Lian, Public Relations and Public Authorities Director of Cargill in Russia, Irina Fedorova, Vice President for Interaction with Public Authorities of LLC Baltika Brewing Company, Lyubov Aksenova, GR-Director of Ekoniva Group, Stanislav Bogdanov, Vice President for Interaction with Public Authorities of X5 Group, Maria Dronova, Director of Public Relations and Charitable Activities EVRAZ, Alexander Pavlenko, Director of Work with Public Authorities of Forward Energy PJSC, Oleg Kalinsky, Director of Interaction with Authorities of Uralkali PJSC, PhD in Economics, Professor of the MISIS University of Science and Technology Economics Department, Alexander Moskovkin, Head of the Law unit, Kirill Tuzov, Public Relations Manager at Mindray Medical Russia, Evgeniya Ovchinnikova, Head of Foreign Economic Activity Support at BIOCAD, Dmitry Polikanov, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo, PhD in Political Sciences, Elman Mehtiyev, Chairman of the Boards of the SRO MIR and NAUMIR,  Anastasia Tsvetkova, Director General of the Lake Baikal Foundation, Anastasia Parfenchikova, Director General of the Research Center for Legal Expertise, PhD in Law, Dmitry Krokhmalev, Director of the Department for Interaction with Government Agencies and Regions of Atomenergomash JSC (Rosatom State Corporation), Anton Eropkin, Director of Government Relations at Olam International in Russia and the CIS, Sergey Lebedev, Director of Business Development, Deputy General Director for Interaction with Public Authorities of AliExpress Russia, Makar Goncharov, Head of distribution of digital educational projects "Tsifrium" (Severgroup TT), Dmitry Kononov, Head of interaction with federal authorities of PJSC Vimpelcom, Roman Kletskikh, Director General of NAUMEN, Alexander Likhanov, Director General of the National Champions Association, Denis Abdrakhmanov, Deputy Corporate Director – Director of the Center for Interaction with Federal Authorities of the ANO ASI, and Artem Yulegin, Head of the Business Advocacy Department of the Business Development Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).

Throughout the program, the speakers shared with the audience GR-experience from various sectors of the economy and NGOs: GR in the agro-industrial complex, in the field of marketplaces and catering, IT, Edtech, pharmaceuticals, financial and banking sector, retail, "green" and traditional energy, metallurgy, mining and others.

During six days of interactive classes and workshops, students studied the principles and functions of lobbying, methods and instruments of lobbying activity, technologies for building B2G communications using the example of companies from various sectors of the economy, as well as key tools of GR and lobbying activities: monitoring and analysis of the regulatory environment, legal expertise of bills and other NPAs, PR tools, event management, etc. Special emphasis was placed on mastering GR approaches in a private company, working with regulatory risks and solving crisis response cases in the context of the functioning of the GR department.

Among the listeners there were representatives of the following organizations: LLC UDS Neft, LLC Gazprom International Limited, LLC Gazpromneft – SM, LLC Gazpromneft – technological partnerships, LLC BASF, LLC UK Polyus, JSC Polymetal UK, JSC Bashkir Electric Grid Company, LLC Arman Group, JSC Kursk Electrical Plant, LLC PUCH RUS, AB EPAM, JSC ABI Product, LLC Digital Platforms, LLC BFT, Pravo Tech, LLC AllTools.ru, LLC Utum-Invest, LLC Samara Municipal Systems, GC ABZ-1, LLC Domain, Frontmed Foundation for the Development of Domestic Science, Technology and Medicine, Branch Union for the Development of Social Nutrition, etc.

At the end of the program, 32 participants received state standard certificates of advanced training.

Registration is open for the 14th stream of study, which is scheduled for November 18-23, 2024. The course duration is 60 academic hours.
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            [post_content] => Baikal Communications Group organized the "Corporate GR" Forum, which took place on April 4, 2024. The GR-Forum is a closed club that unites representatives of the corporate sector of the GR-industry and was created to discuss topical issues and exchange effective practices in the field of interaction between business and the state.

The Forum's program was dedicated to the regulatory challenges and opportunities faced by business in Russia due to the changed political and economic conditions.

The speakers were leading experts of the GR-industry and industry leaders, representatives of large Russian and foreign companies. They discussed:

Here are some conclusions reached by the participants of the discussions:

Also at the Forum, the Baikal Communications Group team presented the study on the development of the GR industry in Russia, prepared jointly with sociologists.

It is planned that the "Corporate GR" Forum will become an annual event that will bring together the professional community to strengthen and develop the GR-function in companies in the context of global changes. The next Forum will be held on December 5, 2024. Follow the details in the Telegram-channel and on the event website.
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            [post_content] => The sanctions pressure conditions from unfriendly foreign states required the adoption of a number of economic measures to stabilize the Russian economy. As a result, over the past two years, a whole range of new regulatory requirements have emerged that companies must take into account. For example, the need to coordinate some transactions in the Subcommittee of the Government Commission for the Control of Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation.

Baikal Communications Group specialists have prepared the short guide for obtaining regular permits (navigator), which contains explanatory information:

As the regulation is updated, the navigator will be updated.
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The “Corporate GR” Forum. Start

Baikal Communications Group organized the “Corporate GR” Forum, which took place on April 4, 2024. The GR-Forum is a closed club that unites representatives of the corporate sector of the GR-industry and was created to discuss topical issues and exchange effective practices in the field of interaction between business and the state. Read more…

Navigator for obtaining regulatory permits

The sanctions pressure conditions from unfriendly foreign states required the adoption of a number of economic measures to stabilize the Russian economy. As a result, over the past two years, a whole range of new regulatory requirements have emerged that companies must take into account. Read more…

The second research of GR-industry in Russia

Baikal Communications Group in collaboration with a team of sociologists has prepared an expert research of the Russian GR-industry in order to identify key trends and functional features of the GR-specialists work. The study was conducted through online questionnaires and expert interviews of GR-specialists from Russian and international companies and CEOs of large businesses. Read more…

Business and NGOs: strategies for interaction

Anastasia Tsvetkova, partner of the International Cooperation and CSR practice, shared the company’s experience in building strategies for interaction between business and non-profit organizations for sustainable change at a meeting of the CCI France Russie Committee on CSR and Sustainable Development. Read more…

CCIFR webinar on the Subcommittee activities

On December 8, 2023, Baikal Communications Group, together with the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, held a webinar “Legal foundations and key features of the work of the Subcommittee of the Government Commission for the Control of Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation”. Read more…

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