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Fortov Named to New Post; Saltykov Out

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Science  23 Aug 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5278, pp. 1039
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5278.1039b


Moscow—A postelection Cabinet reshuffle has eliminated the ministry of science and technology and created a new, lower level structure for overseeing Russia's R&D efforts: the State Committee for Science and Technologies. Boris Saltykov, who had held the post of science minister since 1991, was ousted in the move, and Vladimir Fortov, a high-temperature physicist, was named to head the new committee and also given the title of deputy chair for science and technology. The changes are expected to end the bitter battle between the Russian Academy of Sciences and the science ministry for control of state policy and funding mechanisms. The 50-year-old Fortov has a foot in each camp: He's run an independent competitive grants program created by the ministry in 1992, but he's also an academician and former head of the academy's Institute of High Temperatures.