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John Maddox considers how the Wellcome Trust can save Russian science

By John Maddox   December 1996

The Wellcome Trust, Britain’s (and perhaps the world’s) richest research charity, is edging cautiously towards providing some support for Russian science. Last month, it held a rather chilling consultation with various leading Russian scientists.

A decade has passed since the old Soviet Union began to crumble. At various times since then, there have been great waves of optimism about the future of Russian science. Now people seem to be more gloomy than ever. And not just because the long winter has begun.

I remember the happier times. After years of being disingenuously refused a visa (the weather is too hot,…

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