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Russia breaks up science and education ministry

Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of separate ministries for science and education, following a proposal by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Medvedev, appointed by Putin for a second term last week, said he wanted Russia’s ministry of education and science divided into two separate entities: a ministry of general education and a ministry of science and higher education. Putin has accepted the suggestion and issued a decree on 15 May for the ministry to be divided.

State-run news agency Ria Novosti says the decision is likely to be welcomed by Russian researchers, who have repeatedly called for the ministry to be split.

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