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Russian Expats Challenge Government's ‘Disastrous’ Support for Science

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Science  16 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5951, pp. 353
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_353a

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On 2 October, 100 Russian researchers who permanently work abroad published a letter in the leading Moscow business newspaper Vedomosti complaining of "the disastrous situation in Russian basic research." The letter, addressed to Russia's president and its prime minister, pointed in particular to extremely low levels of funding and a continuing massive brain drain. The letter hasn't drawn any formal response so far, but Russian officials last week boasted about their support of science, particularly a new program to lure back 100 expat researchers to work at least 2 months a year in a Russian research institute or university.

  • * Andrey Allakhverdov and Vladimir Pokrovsky are writers in Moscow.