Economics: Why Russia's stars are choosing to shine elsewhere

Nobel Prize scientist Andre Geim who left Russia to do experimental research in Europe (photo: dpa)
Nobel Prize scientist Andre Geim who left Russia to do experimental research in Europe (photo: dpa)

Russia’s best and brightest are deserting their mother country as they search for opportunities and freedoms elsewhere. Has the state left it too late to reverse the trend? Can it entice back those who have jumped ship? asks GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund in this briefing.

THE future of any nation lies in how it takes care of its young generation.

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It is only by ensuring that the young are well provided for that the old may look to the future with some degree of ease and confidence. Viewed from this perspective, the older generation of Russians has good cause to be deeply worried.

During the turbulent 1990s of post-...

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