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Cautious Optimism, But Progress Is Slow

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Science  02 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5544, pp. 974
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5544.974a

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After suffering a precipitous decline in financial support over the past decade, science in Russia and the Ukraine is showing signs of recovery, experts agreed at a meeting here last week. Scientific ranks have stabilized after a long period of brain drain, graduate student enrollment in the natural sciences is on the rise, and there's even hope that some top Russian and Ukrainian researchers will repatriate to their homelands.