The head of the Institute of Economics, said about the “end” of the Academy of Sciences

Scientific Director of the Institute of Economics RAS Ruslan Grinberg said that what is happening in the Russian Academy of Sciences can be interpreted as the upcoming “sunset” of the RAS. This statement was made by Greenberg during the plenary session of the Moscow economic forum, reports the RNS.

“There is a sunset, I think. Maybe I’m wrong, of course, I’m a big pessimist of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and what has happened, the postponement of elections is only the outer shell is preparing a very serious transformation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said Greenberg

According to him, ran risks becoming a “club of the funny, or sad, curious, not very young people”, and its next President will play the role of “moderator”.

Currently the state Duma is preparing amendments to the law on science, which involve changing the system of elections of the President of the Academy of Sciences, said the press-Secretary of the RAS Mikhail Paltsev. He noted that he saw the project. The General meeting of RAS will now nominate several candidates from which to choose the President will be the President of Russia.

While in the Duma profile Committee on this initiative have not yet heard, said the Chairman of the Committee Vyacheslav Nikonov.

Deputy Oleg Smolin has suggested that the bill did not originate in the lower house of Parliament and in the presidential administration, with press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov denied such speculation, noting that, while academics will not be a consensus on this issue, the Kremlin will not Express their opinion.

Thwarted elections: whose interests collided in the Academy of Sciences

The election of the President of the RAS had to go through 20 March, but did not take place due to the fact that all the applicant for this position withdrew their nominations. In the elections was to participate in force at the time the President of RAS Vladimir Fortov, Director of the Institute of molecular biology Alexander Makarov Director of the Institute on laser and information technologies of RAS Vladislav Panchenko, who also holds the position of Director of the Institute of molecular physics research center (SRC) “Kurchatov Institute”.

All three candidates have explained their decision by the imperfection of procedural issues. The elections were postponed to the autumn.

Shortly thereafter, Vladimir Fortov went to the hospital and appointed acting President ran his Deputy Vladimir Kozlov. According to the source , Fortov examined in the Central clinical hospital (TSKB). Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has approved this appointment.

After leaving the hospital the FORTS had not returned to their prior position, and was appointed honorary Advisor to the Academy. He also remained Director of the joint Institute for high temperatures RAS, which he has headed since 2007.