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New R&D Chief Asserts His Authority

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Science  30 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5279, pp. 1167
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5279.1167a


Moscow—The new head of Russian science, physicist Vladimir Fortov, has moved quickly to assert control over the country's far-flung research enterprise despite a recent government reshuffling that dismantled the ministry of science and technology and assigned its functions to a lower level state committee. In interviews with Science and a local radio station last week, Fortov made it clear that R&D policy will be set by the new committee and that the power struggle between the former science minister, Boris Saltykov, and the Russian Academy of Sciences is history.