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Physics Centers Forced to Go Private

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Science  13 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5357, pp. 1623
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5357.1623

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MOSCOW-- As the result of a decree issued by President Boris Yeltsin last fall, some of the country's most prestigious physics centers are to be converted into joint-stock companies owned by the government, a change which some researchers fear will be to the detriment of institutes whose work does not easily lend itself to commercial applications. The new companies will receive no increase in government funds above the current subsistence level, and any additional funds must be won through commercial contracts.