A TASS release profiles the new National Center for Physics and Mathematics in the city of Sarov, in the region of Nizhny Novgorod. The new science center works closely with Rosatom, and is conducting work on thermonuclear fusion. While the mass media are profiling the scientists and engineers who are leaving the country for political or economic reasons, there is a clear push to upgrade Russia’s scientific capabilities, in which cooperation with China is also key. Keep in mind that during the time of the Soviet Union, Russia was the leading scientific center in laser technology and fusion. The tokamak, still a workhorse of the fusion program, was developed by the Kurchatov Institute.
The tradition that brought these capabilities is now seen as key to Russia’s economic revival.