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    PUTIN DISCONTENT WITH RUSSIA'S HIGH TECH PROGRESS

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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 9, RIA NOVOSTI - President Vladimir Putin has urged a higher rate of introducing national high tech breakthroughs into practice. Appearing Monday at the Moscow session of the Presidential Council on science and high technologies, he complained of Russia's being too slow in benefiting from its own scientific ideas and therefore emerging with an extremely small share on the world innovations market.

    Production and science seem to be poles apart in this country, said Putin. He added that this matter would be given a thorough scrutiny at the coming joint session of the Russian Security Council and the state council presidium, a consultative body under the president.

    Vladimir Putin hailed Russian business for its being prepared for the establishment of firmer and long-term relations with science and education. In his opinion, evidence of this is the shaping up of such a new phenomenon for Russia as corporate science, all kinds of scholarships and grants. Companies return their investment in science by way of competitive advantages, said Putin.

    He declared the necessity of creating legal and organisational conditions for investment into science.

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