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08.07.2013

The Russian scientists, who were highly critical of the government reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences and personally Dmitry Livanov, the Minister of Education and Science, had tempered justice with mercy and announced willingness to sit down at the negotiating table.
The day before Aleksandr Aseyev, the Chairman of the RAS Siberian Branch, had met with the Minister. Kommersant writes that the scientist called the reform a “great boon” and proposed to form a joint working group for its discussion.

However, it is worth recalling that the Siberian Branch and personally A. Aseyev were among the main critics of the reform and demanded the resignation of D. Livanov just a few days ago. Now A. Aseyev told Kommersant that the negotiations between members of the Academy and officials had been lasting for several days and situation become civilized. A working group, which will refine the law, may appear in the near future.
A. Aseyev added that criticism expressed by the members of the Academy of Sciences enabled softening the government’s position. “The scientific community is not always ready to percept innovations, therefore sparks, anger and misunderstanding emerge,” he added.
Source: http://top.rbc.ru/politics/03/07/2013/864355.shtml