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St.PETERSBURG, April 3 (Itar-Tass) – Nobel Prize Winner, Academician Zhores Alferov and his colleague from St.Petersburg, Academician Vladimir Fortov, have been nominated for presidency of the Russian Academy of Sciences from St. Petersburg, spokesman for the Presidium of the St.Petersburg Scientific Center Eduard Tropp told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
The St. Petersburg Scientific Council is to make a final decision on the candidate for the post of President of the Russian Academy of Sciences on April 4, the spokesman said. Zhores Alferov was backed by six members of the Scientific Council, and Vladimir Fortov drew five supporters, the spokesman said.
Last week Russian Science and Education Minister Dmitry Livanov said in the his Twitter blog that Alferov had quit the Public Council under the ministry, which he had earlier headed, "in connection with the forthcoming election of the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences," Livanov said.
Academician Alferov, commenting on the reason why he quit the Public Council under the Education Ministry, said on the website of the St. Petersburg Council that he disagreed with the Livanov's politics.
Vladimir Fortov followed suit and also quit the Public Council.
A new president of the Russian Academy of Sciences will be elected in late May.
Zhores Alferov, 83, is a laureate of the Nobel Prize in physics. He heads the St.Petersburg Scientific Council and is Vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Vladimir Fortov, who has a Master's degree in physics and math, has been an academician since 1991. In 1996 -2001 he was Vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences. At present, he is a consultant at Skolkovo Innovations Center.