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Putin says Russian govt to raise spending on innovation
The Russian government plans to increase its spending on innovation, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday at a meeting of the government commission for high technology and innovation.
"Of course, we'll keep further increasing the share of (innovative) development items in the budget but this won't yield necessary results unless we learn to use our resources in a more accurate and intelligent way," he said.
Over 10% of the 2010 federal budget, or 1.1 trillion rubles, are appropriated for such innovative fields as fundamental and applied science, higher education, high-tech medicine, space exploration, aviation, and the nuclear industry, Putin said.
He also asked the Finance Ministry and Economic Development Industry to consider introducing tax incentives for innovation and said innovative companies should have priority access to government purchases.
Economic Development Minister Elvira Nabiullina said her ministry and the Education and Science Ministry would present a bill within two weeks seeking to promote government purchases of innovative products.
Putin also proposed removing red tape for high-tech businesses, modernizing state-funded science, attracting capital to scientific research and high-tech industries, promoting demand for domestic innovative products in Russia and abroad, and developing an intellectual property market.
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