It hasn't been easy for U.S. companies to trade with private businesses in the Soviet Union. Few people know where those businesses are, since the USSR lacks the most basic market research tool of all -- telephone directories. But now comes the first compendium of Soviet private enterprises, published by a venture between FYI Information Resources, in Washington, D.C.; Cooperative Reserve, in Dneprope-trovsk, Ukraine; and North River Press, in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
The English-language edition, the Soviet Independent Business Directory, contains key information -- size, contacts, activities, addresses, and phone numbers -- on more than 2,100 Soviet companies in 70 industry sectors, from antiques to sporting goods.
For information write to FYI, 735 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003. Or call (202) 544-2394; fax (202) 543-9385. To order the English edition ($110), write to North River Press, Box 241, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. Or call (914) 941-7175; fax (914) 941-9579.