A grim future for Russian science

Russian education and science minister Dmitry Livanov at the fifth Russian innovation convention in Skolkovo (photo:dpa)
Russian education and science minister Dmitry Livanov at the fifth Russian innovation convention in Skolkovo (photo:dpa)

Russia’s economy needs reconfiguring. It needs to move its economy from one based on energy and raw materials to one which can compete globally in science, technology and research - if it is to prosper. Two multibillion-dollar high-tech projects Rusnano and Skolkovo - poised to become Russia’s answer to the US’s Silicon Valley – were meant to propel Russia into being an innovation-friendly economy. But analysts question whether the federation can attract and develop high technology companies at a time when innovation is losing out to corruption and cronyism – and a leader who sends out a message that power is more important than modernisation.

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