Science should be run by scientists - former president of Russian Academy of Sciences

Yury Osipov, former president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who headed the Academy since the early 1990s, has refrained from giving his evaluation of the law on the reform of the Academy.

"I will not give any evaluations. The main thing is to what extent the institutes will report to the new agency, and that is not quite clear now," Osipov told Interfax on Friday, adding that he has not read the presidential decree on the creation of the federal agency of scientific organizations yet.

At the same time, he recalled that his position on the law on the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences remains unchanged: the agency in itself is neither a positive nor a negative factor and the main role will be played by who will eventually run science, officials or scientists.

"Science should be run by scientists," Osipov said.

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