President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the presidential Council for Science and High Technology, that he would instruct the Cabinet to boost monthly grants for scholars working for the defence sector up 20,000 to 30,000 rubles ($700-1,000).
"We should focus on the industries that need state support in the first instance, i.e. the defence sector," said President Putin.
The president said that earlier grants had been paid to famous music bands and athletes, while it was time to determine the procedure of awarding and paying grants to scholars.
In response to the unlawful December 1 arrest and detention of Chinese tech giant Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the behest of the Trump regime, facing possible unacceptable extradition to the US, Beijing warned its high-tech personnel last month against traveling to America unless it's essential.
Rescuers found the pilot of one of the two Su-34 fighters that had collided in midair in the Far East on January 18