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New Minister Sets Lofty Goals

Science  11 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5396, pp. 1979-1980
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5396.1979

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MOSCOW-- As Russia's economy unravels, Science Minister Mikhail Kirpichnikov is trying to patch together enough resources to keep the country's once-proud research enterprise from crumbling away. Kirpichnikov says he is ready to try some new maneuvers such as channeling money to some disciplines at the expense of others and "aggressively" claiming intellectual property rights for scientists. Top officials place high hopes in him, although his ministry's options are limited by Russia's dwindling finances: This year the government will spend less than $2 billion on science, the lowest sum in decades.

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