Russia intends to “import brains” from abroad to its Skolkovo innovation center, to be built near Moscow, Vladislav Surkov, the Presidential Executive Office’s First Deputy Chief of Staff has said.
”We should make it a habit [for foreigners] that it is normal to come and work in Russia,” Surkov, who also heads the working group on creating the modern scientific centre in Skolkovo. According to the official, despite all the clichés about Russia outside the country, everything can be overcome.
"As soon as the first window is broken through, dozens and hundreds of people will start arriving, and later it will be happening naturally,” he said as quoted be Interfax agency.
The deputy head of the Medvedev administration underlined that Skolkovo should be internationalized. Best specialists should be working in the center – no matter where they come from. Therefore, the “import of brains, import of specialists, not only local ones,” is crucial. He recalled that the government allocated grants to attract foreign scientists to work in Russia, while companies inviting specialists from abroad allow them get financial support from the state.
Meanwhile, on July 1, a new law came into force which makes it simpler for highly-qualified specialists – those who earn over 2 million rubles (about $65,000) a year – to get a work permit in Russia.