The Role of Ratings in the Development of Business Processes of Russian Banks

The main issue covered under the scope of this article is the role of ratings in the development of banking sector. The basic definitions are given to the rating business with its key products and consumers as well as the analysis of all that was mentioned above. The stages of the development of global leaders which also hold top positions in Russia are investigated in details. Special attention is paid to description of a number of following topics which define the foundation of the business structure: rating activity in Russia and the history of Russian rating services market. Moreover, this article includes the study of activities’ peculiarities and coverage area of Russian rating agencies. The research contains, firstly, the comparative analysis of market share distribution and its dynamics among the main players in Russia and secondly, the dynamics’ analysis of concentration changes in credit ratings in Russian banking sector.

Role of Renewable Sources in the Energy Sector of Canada after the Late 2000s Financial Crisis. Lessons for Russia

The article addresses the role of clean technologies in the energy sector of Canada after global economic crisis in the view of Canada’s government plans to build an energy superpower. The author also tries to apply the concept of clean energy superpower to the Russian context.

Organizational and Legal Forms of Entrepreneurial Activities in the Energy Sector: Ways to Improvement

The article is focuses on organizational and legal forms of legal entities and group holdings, which are carrying out entrepreneurial activities in the energy sector. Special attention is paid to the analysis of legal status of stock companies with government shareholders, energy holdings and trans-national corporations. The article represents the recommendations for the improvement of legislation, which regulates legal status of state (public) corporations and taking into account foreign policy experience.

Energy diplomacy in the Caspian region

The article focuses on energy diplomacy in the Caspian region and discusses topical issues of resolving international legal status of the Caspian Sea, multilateral cooperation of the countries of the region. The authors reveal the interests o major actors of the Caspian energy marathon. Special attention is paid to the prospects of international gas projects.

A School of Energy Policy and Diplomacy at MGIMO University

The article provides a historic background of creation and evolution of the Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy (MIEP) of MGIMO University. It describes the work of its six departments, cooperation with leading energy companies and leading world research and education centers. The article introduces international master’s programs implemented in collaboration with leading European universities. Research activities of the Center for Strategic Research and Geopolitics in Energy are also given due attention.

Russian Foundation for Humanities and social sciences and humanities in Russia

The main theme of the article is history and key activities of the Russian Foundation for Humanities (RFH). The author analyses RFH’s main organizational principles, its competitions, and types of projects being supported. Special attention is given to regional and international programs. The article also considers the influence of RFH on the advancement of social sciences and humanities in Russia and evaluates data reflecting the results achieved by the foundation since its creation in 1994. The article concludes with an overview of RFH’s main lines of advancement.

Tactics of the discursive influence on the electorate (based on the materials of the political parties of Spain)

This article is about the specific character of the discursive influence exerted on the Spanish electorate by two most important political parties of Spain through their election programs. The article highlights different tactics which, being the product of «election technologies», are used in the election programs with the aim of attracting as many voters as possible.

Metaphorical Potential of Phraseological Units in English Business Discourse

Based on the analysis of conceptual metaphors of English business discourse, this article analyses ways to enhance the metaphorical potential of phraseological units. The author discusses some of the reasons why figurative language is so intensively used in modern business discourse and argues that the criterion of idiomaticity is found to be an inadequate guide in distinguishing between metaphors and phraseological units. The article concludes that the ideological significance of figurative language should not be underestimated.

The Emergence of Complex, Un–linear Developing Socium: The Challenges to Russia

The article deals with the problems of the outcomes of entering the complex society by the humanity. The complex social realities require consequently the complex theory. Through its basic principles the newer risks of “World Risk Society” (U. Beck) are analyzed. One of the features of the social complexity is radical changes in the morality as a social institution. The concept of the liquid morality and its rediscovery is proposed. The author agues that this morality facilitates the adaptation to the more complex social and cultural dynamics.

Social Psychology of Gender Identity Transformation

The author gives analysis of the problem of gender identity, reveals its meaning and urgency from positions of traditionalism and post– modernism. Transformation of gender identity is studied as the factor and mechanism of personality adaptation. The author also presents the results of the project research «Success in gender dimension conducted with the participation of the students and postgraduates of the MGIMO (University) of the MFA of Russia.