It is easy to forget that the Russians had many firsts in the post world war two era, in space they were leaders essentially because of the brilliance of Sergei Korolev, a genius who could not be rewarded because of the system employed at the time, the work and brilliance of this individual was said to be a work of the people, yet without him, Russia would never have competed against the equally brilliant German/ American Wernher von Braun, a scientist with a strange past creator of the V2 rockets of war as well as the man who first took a rocket to space.
Since the collapse of the
As one who deals in knowledge economics, one would be frightened at such behavior understanding that in the long term that is detrimental policy, mainly because psychologically one becomes comfortable always knowing there is some form of income coming in. Luckily for Russia, Putin understood that Russia’s standing in the past did not come from playing around with commodities like some less developed country, Russia’s greatness came from respecting knowledge. Space, military hardware, all comes from knowledge. However in this era the Russian government had to understand, and it seems it has understood, knowledge must be commercialized.
The European Union is putting billions of dollars into the knowledge transfer process, America billions more, Japan billions, where was Russia to get billions, Yelstin had created phony capitalism selling state assets for a tenth what they were worth, If Yelstin had done a proper job, Putin would not have been needed, luckily the commodity prices shot up in the past few years, Russia too could afford billions into the knowledge foray.
Many regard nano - technology as a growth industry, the knowledge must be investigated, it costs money,
A society ignores knowledge at its own peril.