Russian top officials have been trained in the U.S.
Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) on January 25-26 specially for the Russian top officials organized a seminar on innovation. The training was received by first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Deputy Prime Minister - Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Sobyanin, Minister of economic development Elvira Nabiullina, first Deputy head of presidential administration Vladislav Surkov, presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich, the President of Sberbank German Gref, the head of "RUSNANO" Anatoly Chubais, the rector of the Academy of national economy Vladimir Mau and CEO of Russian venture company Igor Agamirzyan, the newspaper "Vedomosti".Apparently, the course that they did to the Russians, because in Davos, the head of the Russian delegation Alexei Kudrin instead of the usual financial topics talked about modernization. "Unless we make new inventions, not take our place in certain niches of new products in different industries, we need to import the latest technology, to abandon old", - quotes the Vice-Premier newspaper. According to Kudrin, this is the fastest path to modernization of the Russian economy.The staff of MIT told the Russians, as in the USA brought to the market of scientific ideas and developments. MIT is a unique University, only two such in the world, says his senior, chief economist at Sberbank Ksenia Yudaeva: "Only MIT and Stanford have managed to make the process of commercialization of advanced technological ideas, to bring development and to create commercial products.".