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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Putin Drains Liberal Swamp



Wrapping up a meeting about state funding for science, Putin questioned the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yevgeny Fortov, about the academy's election of senior, unrelated-to-science officials as its members. Putin insinuated that they may fired if they are found to be moonlighting as academics. In the past few months, Putin has been taking a tough line on errant bureaucrats. Several senior officials have been fired, while the Economic Minister, Alexei Ulyukayev, has been detained on a charge of a $2 million bribe.

"Drain the swamp" is a catch phrase from the Trump campaign, aimed at eliminating corruption from Washington.

Text from The Saker:
 
"The truth is that the members of the Academy of Science are elected for life and they receive large monthly payments, for life.
 
The idea is that scientists should dedicate themselves to their research - that’s why they are paid by the government.

There are limited number of memberships available, about 800. The government officials are hence abusing their power, forcing themselves into the science community, and taking places from the real scientists. This is also how they aid foreign governments in thier efforts to destroy Russian science.

Don’t be fooled by Putin’s calm demeanour. Next we will see many apparatchiks going down. Fingers crossed, Medvedev will be one of them."

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