Vladimir Putin confirms the government's intention to support science. Answering the on-line question asked by a research officer of the Novosibirsk institute of laser physics on the two central Russian TV channels ORT and RTR, Vladimir Putin said, "Science and education are, certainly, more important for us even than energy carriers, oil and gas." According to the President, "this is the difference between Russia and the countries we recently used to call developing." Vladimir Putin agreed that the government had not paid due attention to science for a long time, while it should have been. At the same time, the government is implementing all current budget indices, Putin said. This also concerns science. On Sunday Putin discussed it with the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences who had also confirmed it. The science financing has increased this year, the President said. According to him, the government decided to use this money to pay the salaries to people working in the sphere of science and to solve the housing problems of Russian scientists. Next year the scientific process's financing will start. According to the President, "I would like to solve all problems at once but, unfortunately, the budget's capabilities" allow to solve them in this succession. "Next year the budget of the fundamental science will increase by 40-50 per cent," Vladimir Putin added. The fundamental science is, certainly, the state's concern," Putin said. As for the branches of science, the relevant branches of industry should take care of them, the President believes.
In recent years, genetics has become a cutting-edge science, not only in the professional field of biology, but also because of the enormous social reach of its discoveries and approaches. Not in vain, practically every day the press offers us the discovery of a new gene, a new hereditary determinant directly involved in the manifestation of diseases or physical characteristics.
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign