Up From The Wreckage Of Russian Science

Can private enterprise pick up where the Soviets left off?

Sloshing water onto a filthy rag, a cleaning lady swabs the steps of Moscow's A.N. Bakh Institute of Biochemistry. Few others are in sight. It's a sad comment on the state of Russian science. Government science spending has dropped by two-thirds in the past five years, and more than half of Russia's 1.5 million scientists have abandoned their professions. With salaries averaging $60 to $70 a month and no money for supplies, most researchers have stopped coming to their labs.

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