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Russia’s scientific reputation will continue to dwindle unless it embraces international research

Editorial

Nature 464, 141-142 (11 March 2010) | doi:10.1038/464141b; Published online 10 March 2010

Scientific glasnost

Russia’s scientific reputation will continue to dwindle unless it embraces international research.

Ever since the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, Russian leaders have been vowing to transform their old-line, industrial society into a modern, knowledge-based economy driven by innovative science and technology. The current Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, has repeated that ambition frequently — not least as a way to overcome Russia’s dependence on oil and gas exports. Unfortunately, that transformation continues to be hobbled by outdated attitudes at the top of Russia’s academic hierarchy.

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http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v464/n7286/full/464141b.html