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Russian Parliament: Communists Dominate Science Panels

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Science  22 Mar 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5256, pp. 1663
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5256.1663


Moscow—Last December's elections gave the Communist Party the largest bloc of seats in the Duma, the lower house of Russia's parliament. Communists now hold the majority of seats on the new Science and Education Committee, including the chair. Some members of the committee predict that it will become mired in infighting. But the chair, Ivan Melnikov, is widely respected, and he told Science he has high hopes that the committee will transcend petty factionalism. One of its first acts, at least, shows promise: It sponsored a debate in the Duma that offered strong support for the Russian Academy of Sciences in its efforts to secure long-overdue budget payments.