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Saturday, April 14, 2018

President of RAS Alexander Sergeev: “the Problem with doping is a geopolitical issue»

February 6 edition “MK” was visited by the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander SERGEYEV, who spent a half-hour online conference with our readers. They overwhelmed him with questions about the state of Russian science, which breakthrough projects are now waiting for their implementation, cryptocurrency on doping in sport of high achievements etc. here are the most vivid of his quotes.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

About science</strong>

“The issue of the level of science is directly connected with the resources that this industry has. At the time, in five years we could electrify the country in the shortest possible time has created a nuclear shield… And if you look at how much it was worth, especially since a percentage of GDP, is resources completely compared to those now given to the science. Now there is an understanding of power, which means you have to gather in a single fist and set tasks, which together can execute a consortium of scientific organizations”.

On the priority projects

“There are now several areas in our Strategy for scientific and technological development that need to be addressed first. Very serious issues are associated with scientific and technological support to agriculture, provision of population with high-tech medical care. Unfortunately, such assistance is carried out not with the help of our equipment – it purchased abroad, we largely put itself on the needle by means of such purchases. This situation must be changed. I think the priority is the development of nuclear and radiation medicine. If we talk about it here in the first place it is necessary to pay attention to the design process from input to output of finished products. And finally, we are facing issues not only related to scientific and technological breakthroughs, but also with the social strategy. Russia is a huge country, but we see that we have a falling population of the Ural mountains. And on the other side it is the population, carry out pressure for emerging economies abroad. We’ll forget about the far East, or did we develop it?»

About bitcoin

“I think cryptocurrency is more reminiscent of the inflatable bladder. Still, each currency must be some software. Money that is actually unsecured, incomprehensible rules, which are different types, it is too early to discuss seriously”.

On doping

“If we consider sport as a field of the highest achievements, we must clearly understand what the scope should not go scientists in an attempt to help the athlete. Now it is at the moment of establishing this framework and having problems. Sports are politics, and uncertainty is playing into the hands of those who wish to remove from the arena of undesirables who wish to manipulate the fact that you can take the athletes and what not. Here, I think, basically, the geopolitical moment”.

The full text of conversation of the President of the RAS with readers read 8 Feb.

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