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Putin backs idea to build domestic particle accelerator on Russky Island in Far East

Putin assumed that the accelerator’s creation would attract young researchers

MOSCOW, April 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin backed the idea of building the domestic synchrotron on Russky Island in Vladivostok in the Far East.

"The president announced that we will be building the synchrotron on Russky Island at Vladivostok University," Head of the Kurchatov Nuclear Research Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk told reporters.

The creation of this and other similar research installations will give Russia new competitive advantages and provide a sustainable possibility for the mobility of scientific personnel, he said.

Today, in the presence of Russian President Putin, the Kurchatov Institute signed a cooperation agreement with the Russian Academy of Sciences, Kovalchuk said.

This is just a framework agreement and soon a whole number of concrete deals will be signed between the institute and the Academy, he added.

"In the near future, we will prepare large-scale programs of cooperation between the Academy of Sciences and the Kurchatov Institute on a whole number of priority projects," Kovalchuk said.

Putin backs idea to build $640 mln particle accelerator in Russia

Russian President Putin threw his support in early February behind the idea of creating a powerful research machine worth 40 billion rubles ($640 million) in Russia to study the structure of substances on a nanometer scale.

"The timeframe you mentioned is quite visible and understandable and the cost is also acceptable," Putin said at a meeting with scientists of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences at that time.

Putin agreed with the meeting’s participants that the accelerator’s creation would attract young researchers.

"As regards big projects, we need large-scale undertakings in the country as a whole. They normally unite and mobilize and become engines for moving forward," Putin said at the time.