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Fading Academy Stakes Future on Reforming President

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Science  07 Jun 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6137, pp. 1152-1153
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6137.1152

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The Russian Academy of Sciences has stagnated during the 22-year presidency of Yuri Osipov and is now under pressure from a hostile ministry of science. But academicians voted for change last week when they selected Vladimir Fortov as their new leader. A talented scientist and reforming administrator, Fortov is familiar with both sides of Russia's science policy divide. Researchers are now hoping that he can restore the luster to the once-dominant academy and bring in much-needed new funding.

  • * Vladimir Pokrovksy is a writer in Moscow.