Putin: the President of the RAS should nominate academics, not the head of state

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. Archival photoPutin: the President of the RAS should nominate academics, not the head of state© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the head of state should not nominate candidates for the position of head of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).

Previously, a number of academics criticized the proposed changes in the election procedure of the President of the RAS, such as limiting the number of candidates to three people, as well as proposals to align the candidates with the government.

«We have to wait. It’s not my candidate. I then meet with them, I do not remember, it was under the camera or when the media is gone, noted that the President should not assume the role of a man who pushes someone and says someone. He can approve, but only after the election of the Academy», — Putin said in an interview published on the website vesti.ru answering the question whether he has his own candidate for the post of the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences and will he wait for the results of the Academy.

Speaking about his recent meetings with leading scientists of the country, Putin noted that all about the same view of the situation.

«It’s not what I said, but the fact that all of us, including those of the patriarchs of science, which you mentioned, about a single assessment of what is happening in the Academy, and what we should do. We must ensure that science leadership, which would work for the main goal, which would provide us with a leading edge in the world of science, would provide us with internal technological progress in the understanding of the importance of basic research», — said the President.

He said that generally agreed with the opinion of scientists on further management science.

«Everyone understands, no matter how it may seem odd that to date not all of these issues have been resolved, and our outstanding scientists have their own ideas about how it should be organized. I am with them — not they with me — agreed,» said Putin.