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- Everyone is nervous

– Everyone is nervous

It will be more difficult with future innovation because of the sanctions, says Roman Sjelgstein, a technology student at MEPHI University in Moscow.

A high-end nuclear battery is demonstrated at a trade fair in the Russian capital, where innovators from all over the country showcase technological innovations.

We convert nuclear energy into electricity, and this battery will have a very long life, explains Selgasten.

Advanced: The higher costs mean it will take a long time before you have an effective nuclear battery prototype, says Sjeljastin. Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

But the project is now affected by the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, the European Union and other allies, in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

We don’t get the new parts we need to build the battery, says Schelgasten.

brain imigrante

One of the consequences of the sanctions is the lack of parts and companies that withdrew and the cessation of international cooperation.

In addition, Russia is now experiencing a massive brain drain.

By the end of April, it is estimated that up to 170,000 Russian Who works in the field of information technology and technology left the country.

The figures were presented to Russian parliamentarians from the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC).

Some people may travel due to changes in the labor market. Others may fear conscription into the army, or perhaps oppose the war and want to break away from the prevailing atmosphere in Russia, says Irina Anisimova, a researcher in contemporary Russian culture at the University of Bergen.

instant effect

US authorities say technological sanctions have hit Russia more than expected, according to US authorities Politico.

– Unlike sanctions targeting the financial sector, we didn’t expect to see an immediate impact of export-related sanctions, says Thea Rosman Kindler of the Export Department.

Defense Export: Rosoboroneksport is the only state organization in Russia that exports military services and technology.  Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

Defense Export: Rosoboroneksport is the only state organization in Russia that exports military services and technology. Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

“As Russia can no longer import the technology it needs to be competitive in the 21st century, we are squeezing Russia’s opportunities and economic growth for many years to come,” said US President Joe Biden.

The Russian authorities have come up with several packages of measures aimed at the IT and technology industry.

Believe in new opportunities

It has also opened up to those who work in the industry to avoid paying income tax in the coming years.

– The authorities are prioritizing information technology and technology now, and the opportunities that are created will attract even specialists from abroad, says Anthony Alekseev of New Space Corporation.

Satellite technology: Anthony Alekseev presents a model of a new satellite used to monitor ice in the North Sea.  Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

Satellite technology: Anthony Alekseev presents a model of a new satellite used to monitor ice in the North Sea. Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

He believes the situation is not as problematic as it is portrayed, and is one of several at a technology fair in Moscow who told TV2 they are positive about the future, despite sanctions and Russia’s isolation.

Something will slow in the back, but then a lot will also happen very quickly. Since we have to replace what is behind, answers Vladimir Pirozhkov, Director of the Kinetica Design and Innovation Center, when we ask how sanctions will affect innovation and technological development in Russia in the future.

Optimist: Vladimir Pirozhkov, founder of Tek, believes that this is the time to look for new opportunities.  Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

Optimist: Vladimir Pirozhkov, founder of Tek, believes that this is the time to look for new opportunities. Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

– What about the parts and the like that you need from the outside?

In this world, fortunately for us, it is not only the West, but also the East. “We have many countries to turn to, so there are many good opportunities,” says Pirozhkov.

– Everyone is nervous

Russian researcher Irina Anisimova says these statements appear to have been crafted by the Kremlin itself.

– This is the official position now. She says the authorities won’t seem nervous, and adds that technological development is something Russia is very proud of.

Robot: A lot of people were fascinated by the robotic shields made by Kinetica.  Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

Robot: A lot of people were fascinated by the robotic shields made by Kinetica. Photo: Yevgeny Kurbatov

Anisimova believes that the Russian authorities are now painfully aware that they lack both software, hardware and other industrial technology, but they are working to make people believe they will still go well.

She believes that this isolation can lead to innovation is something people in the industry like to say to cover up their concerns about the situation.

– I think everyone is nervous, says Anisimova.

But she believes that while the sanctions have had an impact on the industry, it is too early to say how the authorities will be affected by them.

In three to four months, the picture will probably be clearer.

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