"Personnel policy in science so far looks unreasonable and inconsistent," the Russian president said at the session of the Council for Science and High Technologies in Moscow.
The president recalled that in 1990-2002 the number of researchers in Russia was reduced by 50%. The main drop was seen in 1990-1994.
The president pointed out that among politicians, officials and entrepreneurs there were people who had bright scientific talents.
Putin remarked that these people would have otherwise stayed in science. However, he added, people prefer the jobs offering decent financial conditions and personal growth prospects.