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Deputy Minister for Industry, Science and Technologies estimates Soviet science as too large
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Budget
he Government of the Moscow Region will finance the development of science-towns.
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Companies
The new Be-200 commercial plane will be produced in 2003 by the irkutsk plant.
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4.12.02
Companies
Russian space industry is represented by the Reshetnikov scientific& production corporation for applied mechanics
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4.12.02
Innovations
The Russian network for technologies transfer was presented in Obninsk
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4.12.02
Innovations
The first Russian fund for assistance to innovation activities has been established
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3.12.02
Companies
The TsSKB-Progress rocket&space center has been awarded a prestigious medal.
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26.11.02
Companies
A new board at the concern Almaz-Antey has been elected
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19.11.02
World News.
India and the USA will cooperate in the high-tech area.
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19.11.02
Management.
Sergei Antipov appointed deputy Minister for Nuclear Energy of the RF.
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15.11.02
World News

On November 27, 2002, the first three-stage fuel-oil rocket will be launched.
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15.11.02
Companies

The Antiviral Scentific & Production Company is promoting its new anti-virus medication Anti-fluerin ANVI

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21.10.02
Companies

The Morion public joint-stock company and the Motorola have signed a contract on starting commercial production of the GSM equipment in Russia
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9.10.02
Companies

In 2003, a consortium will be formed to produce the Tu-334 aircraft.
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5.10.02
State armament order

Chief of Armaments of the RF Armed Forces Alexey Moskovskiy: In 2003, there wont be mass procurement of new weapons and equipment
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5.10.02
World News

China stakes on medium-range aircaraft
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27.09.02
High technology
In the Krasnoyarsk region, a new federal storage for spent fuel will be built.
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24.09.02
Privatization
The 2003 Privatization Plan envisages selling shares of state property in 106 Russian defense enterprises.
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Viewpoints
Deputy Minister for Industry, Science and Technologies estimates Soviet science as too large.

On December 10,2002, the scientists recognized to be the best by the Swedish Academy of Science were awarded the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. Similarly to last year, there were no Russians on the list of laureates.
Different opinions on the event were spoken out in this connection some said about political engagement of the Swedish Academy, others about infertility of the Russian science.
Zhores Alferov, the Nobel Prize winner in physics, says it is true that there were cases in the history of the Prize when the Academy did ignore undisputable achievements of Soviet scientists. He points to the example of refusal of awarding the Prize to the world-known rocket technology designer, Sergey Korolev, for a formal reason of unavailability of his articles published in the West.
FIRST DEPUTY MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ANDREY FURSENKO DOES NOT AGREE WITH ACADEMICIAN ALFEROV. In his opinion, the Nobel Prize jury is absolutely objective in their evaluation of scientific achievements. Andrey Fursenko said on the Russian TV that SCIENCE IN THE SOVIET UNION WAS ABNORMALLY LARGE AND WAS MORE LIKE A SAFETY-VALVE FOR PEOPLE OF FREE MIND.
Following A.Fursenko, the science has come, at last, to its natural level meeting the economic demands. From Fursenkos standpoint, State scientific and technological policy should be based on the approach to science viewing science as the economics derivative. It sounds like a great promise for the Russian science to have such an advanced top official whose way of thinking is in full compliance with the spirit of the Reforms.
Nevertheless, not only Russian scientists bring up a question of science degradation and loosing its prestige, but their more successful colleagues in the West, as well. When speaking to the press in Stockholm, John Fenn, American chemist the Nobel Prize winner in 2002, expressed his opinion about science commercialization in a very blunt way: Todays university is a ponce, and scientists have turned into prostituting nymphomaniacs. This is how he characterized the process of turning science into mere business and best researchers leaving for a practical area of serving big corporations.

Budget
The Government of the Moscow Region will finance the development of science-towns.

The Government of the Moscow Region will allot 1billion rubles in 2003 to develop Korolev and Dubna naukograds (science-towns).
At present, about 20 towns of the Region are trying to obtain the status of the science-town. Following an official source, the town of Pooshino, the center of bio-technologies, will soon acquire the status.

Companies
The new Be-200 commercial plane will be produced in 2003 by the irkutsk plant.

The pjsc Irkutsk Aviation Production Corporation will produce the first commercial Be-200 plane in April 2003. The commercial production of the plane was started in September 2002. It was based on the contract with the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the RF that has ordered seven amphibia aircrafts.
The Irkutsk plant is planning to be over with all certification procedures in the first half year.

Companies
Russian space industry is represented by the Reshetnikov scientific& production corporation for applied mechanics.

The Asia-Telecom exhibition was opened on December 2, 2002 in Hong-Kong. The Russian space industry is represented by only one company the Academician Reshetnikov Science & Production Corporation for Applied Mechanics. The company is exhibiting its products jointly with the national satellite communication operator, The Satellite Communication state company (the GPKS) that bears all the exhibition expenses. The Reshetnikov Corporation presents new satellites, the Express-AM1 and the Express-AM4 that are being manufactured now, as well as a new design, the Express-1000 satellite platform.

Source: IA Press-Line.


Innovations
The Russian network for technologies transfer was presented in Obninsk

The presentation of the Russian network for technologies transfer was held at the Obninsk Centre for Science and Technology. It was organized by the Ministry of Industry, Science and Technologies. Following the Ministry, the Internet network will contribute to the involvement of Russian scientific and technological potential in the world commercial turnover and development of Russian high-tech business. The goals of the project are the following: transfer of technologies from science to industries, search for partners and investors to establish cooperation and introduce advanced scientific ideas in Russia and other countries.
Nuclear technologies and bio-technologies have been presented in the network yet, but other Russian innovators are being engaged.
The project of the creation of technological transfer network is implemented with the support of the TACIS Program: Innovation Centres and Naukograds (science-towns) of the Russian Federation.
DESPITE THE FACT of existence of a whole range of entities specializing in technological transfer, Russia as a state mostly looses and not gains from such transfers. Probably, this is one more way of leakage of valuable information abroad under the presentable appeals of the Ministry which is well known for similar projects.

Innovations
The first Russian fund for assistance to innovation activities has been established

The creation of the first Russian fund for assistance to innovation activities was announced on November 28, 2002. The starting capital of the fund will be formed by founders contributions of $10 million total.
The main part of the capital will be formed by preferential credits, venture capital and the resources of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The latter is planning to invest $100 million for the implementation of preferential credits based programs, starting in 2004. The State Fund for Assistance to Minor Enterprises in the Scientific and Technological Areas and the British Council will join to form the capital of the new fund.
Chairman of Trustee Council of the Fund will be Yuri Shlenov, Deputy Minister of Education of the RF

Companies
The TsSKB-Progress rocket&space center has been awarded a prestigious medal

The state scientific &production rocket&space center TsSKB-Progress (Samara) was awarded a prestigious international decoration the Golden medal of the Association for Assistance to the National Industry of France. Its members are prominent French industrialists and scientists. The TsSKB-Progress was recognized by the French party as the most reliable rocket manufacturer. Since 1999, the Starsem joint Russian-French company brings out the Globalstar communication satellites into orbits by using Russian carrier rockets and orbital injection modules.

Companies
A new board at the concern Almaz-Antey has been elected

At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Almaz-Antey concern, a new board was elected. Seven persons have joined the board, including General Director of the concern Yuri Svirin and General Designer, academician of the RAS Veniamin Efremov.

The concern was established in April, 2002, following Presidents Resolution, and is based on the companies developing and producing air-defense systems. The companies that had belonged to the Antey concern joined the new company, namely, the R&D Electrical &Mechanical Institute state company, the Kupol state company, the pjsc The Arsenal Plant, the state company The Designing Bureau Soyuz, the pjsc The Novator Plant, the state company The R&D Institute Strela, the state company The Volzhskiy Electrical & Mechanical Plant, the state company The Mariyskiy Mashzavod and the state company Vector. Besides, share holdings of a range of state companies (the Almaz, the Krasnoye Znamya and others) were added. A number of the companies of the industry were transformed into public joint-stock companies and included in the concern, as well: the Ylyanovsk Mechanical Plant, the Fakel designing bureau, the Altair, the Agat R&D Institute, the Avangard plant, the Lianozovskiy electrical and mechanical plant and over 20 more companies

World News.
India and the USA will cooperate in the high-tech area.

India and the USA have reached an agreement on the forming of a joint group for developing cooperation in the high-tech area. This decision was made upon the results of the recent bilateral top-level talks in Delhi.

It was noted in the joint statement that the group being formed is supposed to facilitate access of India to the American high-tech market. The representatives of the ministries of trade of the two states are to work out the principles of purchasing U.S. high technologies by India.

The USA applied economic sanctions, including the moratorium for the transfer of high technologies and dual-use products to India, after the nuclear tests conducted in Pokhran in 1998. At the end of 2001, the U.S. made a principal decision about the sanctions cancellation.

Source: IA The News

Management.
Sergei Antipov appointed deputy Minister for Nuclear Energy of the RF.

Sergei Victorovich Antipov was born in 1948. He graduated from the Moscow Institute for Engineering and Physics in 1972, and the Moscow State Law Academy in 1996. Before the new appointment, he was taking up a post of Director of the Center for Organizational and Legal Issues of the Kurchatov Institute Center. As a coordinating director, he led a project on non-proliferation in the part of the control of nuclear materials and physical protection systems of nuclear objects.

Companies
The Antiviral Scentific & Production Company is promoting its new anti-virus medication Anti-fluerin ANVI

The Antiviral St.-Petersburg company and The Domestic Medicines group of companies have started the implementation of a joint project on the promoting of a new Anti-fluerin ANVI medication intended for the treatment of influenza and cold. The medicine was developed by the R&D Insitute for Grippe of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. After producing this binary-effect long-durability medication, the need to make it in drugstores with laboratory methods has ceased.
The Antiviral company has produced a wide range of medicals since 1994. At present, four new original medications are ready to be commercially produced. In Penza city, the Antiviral is constructing a new pharmaceutical plant fully complying with the GMP standards.


World News
On November 27, 2002, the first three-stage fuel-oil rocket will be launched.

On the information of representatives of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea, within the frames of the program on the creation of a national space carrier, a three-stage fuel-oil rocket will be launched. The KSR-3 14-meters long and 6 tons rocket will have to leave its start position in Anheung (in the South Chungcheong province) on the 27th of November this year. The rocket is supposed to reach 42 kms height and then to come down on water in the area of the Yellow Sea.
The KSR project was started in 1997 and has already accumulated $64 million of investment. In May and August 2002, firing test of the rocket was conducted. The first start to the space is planned for 2005.
Source: www.cosmoworld.ru

Companies
The Morion public joint-stock company and the Motorola have signed a contract on starting commercial production of the GSM equipment in Russia.

The Russian producer of communication equipment, the Morion, pjsc (city Perm) and the Motorola company have signed a contract on organizing commercial production of the GSM equipment based on the i250 semiconductor platform. The Innovative Convergence i250 platform is intended for production of up-to-date cell modems, mobile phones and smart phones.

The Perm enterprise will put out the Motorolas technology-based user terminals that will make a basic element in the new service business. It is planned that the Morion equipment should make a part of an antitheft system for cars developed with the use of the GSM/GPRS and the GPS technologies. The new agreement has marked the Morions entering the market of wireless communication, General Director of the Morion Valeriy Strook says.

Another participant in the deal is the RTX company - a Danish system integrator that plays a part of the author of the equipment to be produced by the Morion.

Source: the CompuLenta edition

Companies
In 2003, a consortium will be formed to produce the Tu-334 aircraft.

In 2003, an international Russian-Ukrainian consortium will be established to produce the Tu-334 aircraft. Following the Tu-334 RSC MiG Program Director Vladimir Kravchuk, the consortium will be formed by all the parent enterprises producing the components.

The new consortium will be involved in R&D work, commercial production, certification, selling, pre-sale and technical service, maintenance, and other activities up to the utilization of worked out planes. Financial issues at all stages of the production and exploitation will be the consortiums responsibility.

To 2004, it is planned to have produced and prepared for sale four Tu-334 aircrafts, the price per unit not to exceed $16 million. First models will be sold at the price lower than the costs.

To 2010, Russian companies will have purchased 122 Tu-334 planes. The Ukraine is estimated to need just 8 units. All market estimations have been made with basing on the financial leasing conditions of the aircrafts delivery.

Source: the FinMarket Information Agency

State armament order
Chief of Armaments of the RF Armed Forces Alexey Moskovskiy: In 2003, there wont be mass procurement of new weapons and equipment

In 2003, there wont be mass procurement of new weapons and equipment. Such a statement was made by Chief of Armaments of the RF Armed Forces, colonel-general Alexey Moscovskiy in his interview to the Strana .Ru web edition.

In accordance with the State Armament Program, within the next five years, the financing priority will be given to the research and development work. Alexey Moscovskiy expressed a hope that during the first and second readings of the Budget at the Parliament, the value of the State armament order will be raised to the level specified in the State Armament Program.

World News
China stakes on medium-range aircaraft

The Government of China adopted a resolution to issue about $600 million for the development of medium-range plane fit for short runways of Chinese aerodromes. The state company China Aviation Industry is planning to put its first planes on the market in 2006, and to sell 300 aircrafts during the following 20 years. They hope in Peking that the new air liner will be purchased by not only Chinese air lines but also carriers from other Asian, as well as African and Latin-American, states.

High technology
In the Krasnoyarsk region, a new federal storage for spent fuel will be built.

Making his presentation at the 5th International Conference Radiation Safety: Treatment of Nuclear Waste and Spent Fuel in St.-Petersburg, General Director of the Russian R&D Institute for Complex Energy Technology Valeri Safutin announced that a federal storage for spent fuel will be built in Zheleznogorsk (in the Krasnoyarsk region), its capacity to be 33 000 tons. The first line for 9,000 -11,000 tons of spent fuel from both Russian and foreign A-plants will have been commissioned to the beginning of 2004.

Valeri Safutin also said that spent fuel will be transported from nuclear plants to the storage in special-purpose containers that will have been tested in accordance with IAEA requirements. The price for such a container is $ 420,000-600,000.

Source: IA Rosbalt

World News
In December 2002, an international conference on globalization will take place in Helsinki.
In December 2002, the international conference on globalization, Helsinki Conference 2002, will take place. The Conference will be a continuation of the World Summit on sustainable development held recently in Johannesburg, its goal be alleviating the opposition between industrial and developing countries. Following its Finnish organizers, the Conference is to be another step in the process aimed at reaching solidary and equal-right globalization.
Both political activists and representatives of international organizations, experts and business leaders will be invited to attend the Conference about 120 delegates from different countries.

Privatization
The 2003 Privatization Plan envisages selling shares of state property in 106 Russian defense enterprises.

Following First deputy of Minister of Privity of the RF Alexander Braverman, in 2003, the Russian Government expects to receive 51 billion rubles from the privatization of state property. The funds received will make part of Russian debt payment.

The privatization will result in practically complete de-nationalization of a number of industrial branches. For example, in oil & gas complex, communication and forestry branches it may reach 96%, in medical industry 92%, in chemical and oil & chemical industries 91%.
In 2002, 9810 federal state unitary companies and 4354 joint-stock state-owned companies were registered in Russia. It is planned to privatize 450 state unitary companies and 600 jscs in 2003.

Source: IA Rosbalt.

 



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