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ST. PETERSBURG, July 7 (Itar-Tass) - Vladimir Fortov, the newly elected president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in his speech at the 38th Congress of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) that is currently under way in St. Petersburg that the Russian scientific community had managed to improve the situation with the Russian Academy of Sciences reform. He also thanked Russian and foreign scientists who had supported the Academy in hard times.
Fortov said that the Russian scientific community was greatly concerned with the first draft of reform to reorganize the Russian Academy of Sciences.
"I would like to reassure you. We managed to change the situation for the better thanks to energetic interference by Russian President Vladimir Putin, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin and also Valery Chereshnev, the head of the Duma Committee for Science and Science-Intensive Technologies,” Fortov said.
He believes that solutions on a number of remaining issues will be found in the next three months. He described the current result as encouraging.
“Russian science will continue to develop so that the citizens of Russia will have a chance to be proud of their science and country,” Fortov emphasized.