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Russian scientists’ job security called into question

The longevity of funding for government scientists in Russia has been called into question amid discussions over the country’s R&D budget.

Reports have been circulating in Russian media that up to 9,000 scientists could be laid off from government-funded institutes including the Russian Academy of Sciences. In addition, it has been reported that university places could be reduced by 40 per cent to save costs.

The news site Gazeta.ru reported on 31 July that the reason for staff reductions in government science agencies was a result of legislation requiring the government to significantly increase researchers’ salaries, to up to twice the level they were previously receiving.

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