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MOSCOW, July 8 (Itar-Tass) - Vladimir Fortov, the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has been appointed to head the Academy’s property management agency. In this connection, Sergei Zheleznyak, the vice-speaker of the Russian State Duma from the United Russia party, told a news conference in Moscow on Monday that Fortov’s appointment would step up the academic reform.
On July 5, Fortov accepted a proposal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to head the agency that will run the Academy’s property.
"I think that it’s absolutely right that the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences should head the Academy’s property management agency for the period of reforms. I do not see any conflict of interests or anything that could slow down the reform,” Zheleznyak told journalists.
"Fortov has an authority in the scientific community and that will speed up the reform,” the deputy explained.
The Russian State Duma passed a bill on reorganization of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the second reading on July 5. The third and final hearing on the draft document was put off until autumn.
Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin earlier said that the debate had gone beyond discussing the text of the bill.