A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Elina Sidorenko

Elina Sidorenko

General Director, Platform for Working with Entrepreneurs’ Enquiries
Quotes
29.06.2022
St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2022
Your Data Please: Legal Regulation of Databases
The first thing we have to do... is simply to separate the two different entities: personal data and depersonalized data. Once we separate them, we must clearly define a legal regulatory regime for each, given all the problems that arise
29.06.2022
St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2022
Our People are our Everything: Training and Development of Digital Economy and Cybersecurity Regulation Specialists
We have yet to agree on the main fundamental categories that lawyers should offer us today specifically. It’s either the preservation of the old law and its adaptability to modern technologies, in which case we can figuratively train traditional lawyers and work them in the necessary sphere, in the best sense of the word, or we must prepare a fundamentally new category of lawyers who are forced to and will have to serve the digital economy
29.06.2022
St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2022
Our People are our Everything: Training and Development of Digital Economy and Cybersecurity Regulation Specialists
Today, numerous traditional lawyers are not even prepared for the most basic thing: to acknowledge the lack of a particular legal fact in the digital sphere that is being forced to alter legal relations
29.06.2022
St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 2022
Our People are our Everything: Training and Development of Digital Economy and Cybersecurity Regulation Specialists
Law has come to encompass a lot of interesting things. It’s a serious challenge to law that can only be met on the basis of one thing: we must force lawyers to speak the same language, and this language must be Roman law. Today, we need to modify it, but we must not lead everything to another area under any circumstances
15.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Protecting Business: Balancing Economic Development and Public Order
To develop successful relations, we must respect our partners and the work they do
15.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Protecting Business: Balancing Economic Development and Public Order
Today we are building trust between business and the executive authorities, but sometimes the federal authorities, including law enforcement agencies and the regulatory authorities, are generally disconnected from the executive branch of government in the regions. In some cases there are misunderstandings, but in others there is simply no dialogue between the institutions. This causes some cognitive dissonance on the part of entrepreneurs – they feel like they do and do not get support at the same time. This is a problem that we need to address right now,
15.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Protecting Business: Balancing Economic Development and Public Order
Demonization issues are an important piece of the jigsaw. Perhaps sometimes it is a very effective way of forcing us to look at the problem. But still, I think that when talking about coercive pressure, we shouldn’t blame the Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Investigative Committee, or the Federal Security Service, and accuse them of doing nothing. Believe me, they are doing a lot. 615 entrepreneurs have been prosecuted for economic crimes and handed a custodial sentence. This official figure from the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation confirms once again that the process is ongoing and it is not 1,000
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Why Legal Literacy is Vital for Young Entrepreneurs
In terms of priorities, it is vital that an entrepreneur brings in a lawyer at the earliest possible moment, when a startup is still at the planning stage. That is because a lawyer will be able to ensure the right system is in place
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Why Legal Literacy is Vital for Young Entrepreneurs
The people who read the civil code fall into that same rare category of people who read instructions for medication. A person will either do it or not, hoping to wing it
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Why Legal Literacy is Vital for Young Entrepreneurs
A lot of issues arise not from an overt desire to commit a wrongdoing, but because people simply do not understand what they are doing when they accept public money for their projects, do not understand what form of tax administration applies for a particular project, and so on
04.09.2021
EEF 2021
Why Legal Literacy is Vital for Young Entrepreneurs
A lot of areas are emerging in which it is hard to work within the confines of a single educational background. This is particularly true for young entrepreneurs. Today, it is vital to be adept in a range of fields, such as digitalization. In order for a project to get off the ground, it needs to be given the necessary boost, and this energy comes specifically from jurisprudence, which is what makes it sustainable
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
No Longer the Far East: How Regional Management Centres Are Uniting Russia
If we look at even just the Far East and Siberia, we can see that many regions lack a basic index of information infrastructure sites. It hasn’t been created, and we can’t place it under criminal legal protection
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
No Longer the Far East: How Regional Management Centres Are Uniting Russia
We talk a lot about cybersecurity, but at present cybersecurity is a matter of developers’ consciences. [...] If a developer is conscientious, he will put a good security system in place, but if he isn’t conscientious, he will just wave his hand at it. As a result, there are pretty much just two articles in the Criminal Code to deal with these problems, and the punishment is insignificant. So, the question is: who should be held responsible?
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
No Longer the Far East: How Regional Management Centres Are Uniting Russia
What we can see now [...] is the absence of a normal algorithm for integrating one platform into another. We have a great number of interesting platforms, but then it turns out later that the analysis, the administration across these platforms is fundamentally different, and they really don't fall in to line. We aren’t creating a platform world right now, but ecosystems of individual platforms
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
Enhancing Investment Appeal by Expanding Guarantees for Business
The red tape in the investigation of criminal cases, which they now try to curb. Our record holder is an entrepreneur in the Far East who went through five years of ordeal after a criminal case had been opened against them. <…> We sometimes come across a catch twenty-two situation when seizure of property is applied as an interim measure. <…> One entrepreneur in the Far East had fish products confiscated from him, but then the criminal case was dropped. <…> He says: ‘Now give me my fish back.’ ‘Sorry, they forgot to plug the refrigerator into the outlet.’ As a result, loads of valuable salmon were lost
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Digital Economy: Opportunities and Prospects for the Far East
For a large economy, the way for going digital must be paved not only with legislation that determines the status of participants, but also with a model of security
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Digital Economy: Opportunities and Prospects for the Far East
Now the major task is to solve the two key problems: to convey the consolidated position of big economy and big business in this department to the government. <...> The second one is to help the largest businesses, and small and medium-sized businesses too, to understand exactly what they want, what we are dealing with, and what digitalization is
12.09.2018
EEF 2018
The Digital Economy: Opportunities and Prospects for the Far East
There is no country in the world where the rights of participants in smart contracts can be adequately protected. <...> Countries do not understand the legal nature of smart contracts