The president of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ACR), physicist Alexander Sergeyev, today admitted a major leak of scientists from the country and called for measures to be takenincluding increased funding, to stop this trend.
“It is difficult to assess the magnitude of the loss (of scientists)which I consider important”, said Sergeyev, quoted by the Interfax agency, adding that it is necessary to create better conditions in the country than abroad for the development of science.
He stressed that it is currently required to implement a set of support measures for scientists and scientific institutions in the country to “stop this flow”
“It is necessary to introduce benefits, increase the financing of science, so that it provides, in addition to prestige, normal material conditions”, stressed the president of the ACR.
He added that the ACR has prepared a package of proposals, already presented to the government, on how to “organize the work of the (scientific) institutes and give them more freedom.”
“Competing for science with the whole world is very difficult. We must unleash the initiative, the creativity of scientists, give them the opportunity to work comfortably in the country,” Sergeyev insisted.
Following the start on February 24 of the “special military operation” in Ukraine launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the West approved severe sanctions against Russia that they also affected technical-scientific cooperation with Moscow and have brought the problem of “brain drain” back to the fore.
According to ACR data, if in 2012 14,000 highly qualified scientists and specialists left Russia, in 2020 there were about 70,000.
These figures were presented in April last year by the then chief scientific secretary of the ACR, Nikolai Dolgushkin, who admitted that Russia is the only developed country in the world in which the number of scientists has been declining for several decades.(I)