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Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. In this issue I review a site that will help you research Russia, a country with growing opportunities for trade. I also found sites that will get you up to speed on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. And I found a site that will give you the nutrition content of the food you eat -- and that's a big help if you're trying to eat right.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE -- RUSSIA

http://menic.utexas.edu/reenic/countries/russia.html#Economics

People like me who grew up in the 1950s, and remember when the Russians seemed like an unstoppable force in everything from ice hockey to space exploration, are still in shock over the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today's Russia is a fraction of the size of the former Soviet Union, and it's gone through some tough economic times, but it's still one of the 20 largest economies in the world. That alone makes it worth a look for international traders, but when you read forecasts that the real income in Russia will grow by up to 28 percent in 2005 from 2002 levels, you realize there's great potential for business there.

You'll find a useful gateway to Russia at the University of Texas' REENIC ( http://menic.utexas.edu/reenic/countries/russia.html#Economics ) site. Here you'll find links to Russia in categories like: Culture, Current Events, Economics, Education, Geography and Travel, Grants, Politics, Science and Technology, Statistics, and more. You could spend days exploring all the links at this site, and it's worth bookmarking if you're interested in Russia as a trading partner.

Several of our member associations are devoted to trade relations with Russia and they have Web sites with extensive resources. Take a look at the sites of the U.S.-Russia Business Council , the Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation, the Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council, the U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of Boston and the Canada Eurasia Energy and Industry Alliance.

There are many more resources for Russia at the FITA site. Several books about doing business in Russia are available in FITA's Global Trade Book Store. Take a look at Doing Business with Russia, Doing Business in Emerging Europe or The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Doing Business with Russia. And do a search for more Russia information at FITA's International Trade Web Resources (http://fita.org/webindex). Click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Europe and click on Russia in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Russia" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

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FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT

http://www.bisnis.doc.gov/bisnis/fcp1.htm

Giving or accepting bribes is not an ethical way to do business, and American citizens who pay bribes to foreign government or political party officials can be prosecuted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA makes a strong and concerted effort to prevent bribery, and it's important to know what falls under the Act's guidelines - including any responsibilities of partners of American companies. There's a good explanation of the Act at the FCPA page of the BISNIS (Business Information Service for the Newly Independent States) site ( http://www.bisnis.doc.gov/bisnis/fcp1.htm ). Also, you can test yourself on how well you know the Act by going to this PDF document ( http://sensor.northgrum.com/ethics/Documents/FCPA.pdf ) prepared by Northrop Grumman for its employees.

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NUTRITION FACTS ANALYZER

http://www.nutritiondata.com/

The next time I go to my favorite burger joint and get a double cheeseburger with fries for lunch, I'm going to visit NutritionData's Nutrition Facts Analyzer ( http://www.nutritiondata.com/ ) to find out how badly I fell off my diet. This site gives you the nutritional content of hundreds of foods, including menu items from popular fast food eateries like Wendy's and Dairy Queen. Just type in a keyword, or browse the food categories, and in seconds you'll get the facts on the fats, carbs, protein and other ingredients of the foods you eat. It's a useful site for anyone who's trying to eat healthy.

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