Two of them, actually: Andrei Geim and Konstantin Novoselov.They invented a new material so strong that a single layer of it stretched across a coffee cup could support the weight of a tractor trailer pressing down on a pencil point. It will surprise no regular reader of this blog to learn, however, that neither one of them is really Russian.A larger time frame reveals that the consequences of Russian privatization were quite different from the forecasted ones.Because the new class of owners were regarded as illegitimate, lacked clear property rights, and ran conglomerates immersed in a command economy these owners, that is, oligarchs, were easily subdued by the state.
Certain innovations achieved by a national operation may also may be included in this timeline, in cases where the Russian side played a major role in such projects. An electric tram, an earlier invention by Fyodor Pirotsky, drives between the pavilions featuring breakthrough designs by Vladimir Shukhov: the world's first steel tensile structures, gridshells, thin-shells and the first hyperboloid steel tower.
"Maybe we need to take the next step in the development of our political system," he said. Then - through the special forces, who should not have been there - they brought in the so-called opposition and fighters, and killed him without court or investigation." A spokesman for the US military said the claim was "ludicrous." In a related aside, Mr Putin said John Mc Cain, the US senator, was losing his mind, probably because of the torture he suffered as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.
Governors could in future be directly-elected by voters in their region, he added, although the Kremlin would still have to vet them for suitability first. Putin was responding to remarks Mc Cain made in October, when the former US presidential candidate said the killing of Col.
But the concessions he held out were relatively minor.
He had already vowed to significantly reshuffle the government next year, while his spokesman had suggested he might even reinvent himself and show the world 'Putin mark two.' On Thursday, he raised the possibility of partially restoring direct elections for the country's governors, and said the Kremlin might allow genuine opposition parties to register their presidential candidates.