The defense Ministry almost three times the increase in payments to military academics


Academicians and corresponding members of Russian Academy of missile and artillery Sciences (raran) will receive a monthly payment of $ 80 thousand and 40 thousand rubles. respectively. A draft Ministerial order has developed a defense Ministry document published on the portal of normative legal acts regulation.gov.ru. If the order is approved, the changes will come into effect on 1 January 2018. Now payments to academics raran per month is 30 thousand rubles., and members-correspondents — 15 thousand rubles.

The increase in employee benefits raran “will increase the efficiency of activities of the Academy in addressing the problems of increasing the defense capability of the country”, — stated in the explanatory Memorandum. The allocation of additional funds from the budget of various levels in connection with the adoption of the order of the Minister of defence is not necessary, say the developers.

We are talking about the alignment of academic scholarship, told RBC member of the state Duma Committee on education Oleg Smolin (CPRF). Payments necessary for academics to enable them to independently carry out their activities, said Smolin. However, quite a large number of academics — is the past of science, not its future, says Smolin. “They have a lot of merits in the past, but in the future they do not work. The Ministry of defence, of course, know better, how the Academy works effectively to strengthen the defense. I don’t really know her work, and I have serious doubts on this score,” commented the project Smolin.

Russian Academy of rocket and artillery Sciences was re-established in 1994 by decree of the President, said on the website raran. It is also noted that the main goal of the Academy is to revive the tradition of Russian military science and development studies in the defence sector. The President of the Academy 60 — year-old major General reserve of Vasily Burenok, the former chief of 46th Central scientific research Institute of the Ministry of defence.

The number of academics raran determined by resolution of the Russian government and is 100 people, corresponding members — 200 people.

Among the main tasks of the Academy — study of the problems of the war economy, assessment of scientific and technical potential of the defense complex of Russia, research of the threats to national security in the military-technical sphere, ways and means to counter military and terrorist threats.

Raran is separate from the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The latter manages the Federal Agency for scientific organizations, and raran, the government and the Ministry of defense, said the chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland”, a reserve Colonel Victor murakhovski. “This is the only difference. Raran too can have academicians and corresponding members. But compared to RAS Academy of rocket and artillery Sciences, of course, small. She has been in the main applied tasks related to military construction and development of weapons systems” — said murakhovski.

While respondents RBC representatives of the scientific community about raran heard nothing. In Western countries, academics, on the contrary, they will pay for membership of the Academy, said in a conversation with RBC leading researcher of the Institute of mechanics of Moscow state University, doctor of physico-mathematical Sciences Andrey Tsaturyan. From January 2017 academicians and corresponding members of state academies of Sciences are already receiving 80 thousand and 40 thousand rubles per month, according to the explanatory note to the document.

“The fact that the Ministry of defence pays some money to your academics, anything but surprise, I did not cause. For example, members of the National academies do not get a penny. The same applies to the British scientific community, The Royal Society. It’s Royal society, founded in the XVII century, one of its first presidents was Isaac Newton. However, the English academics themselves pay the membership fee,” reminded Tsaturyan.

Agree with him Deputy Director of the Institute of information transmission problems of RAS Mikhail Gelfand. He noted that he is a member of the European Academy and pays for the membership about $200 each year.

“American mathematical society collects membership fees and there is. And that exists in Russia Academy of rocket and artillery Sciences, I had no idea and no idea what she’s doing,” concluded Gelfand.

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