Mikhail Valentinovich Kovalchuk (Russian: Михаил Валентинович Ковальчук; born September 21, 1946 in Leningrad, Soviet Union) is a Russian physicist and official. He is a brother of Yury Kovalchuk, known as "Putin's personal banker.".
Since May 26, 2000 Mikhail Kovalchuk has been an Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in physics.
Since February 2005 he has been the Director of the Kurchatov Institute.
In June 2007 by a decision of the Russian Academy of Sciences Presidium Mikhail Kovalchuk was appointed acting vice-president of the Academy for nanotechnology. As the Academy Charter stipulates that only full members are eligible for vice-presidency, Kovalchuk, being an associate member, can only be acting vice-president, unless the charter is modified or he is elected full member.
Despite pressure from Vladimir Putin, the RAS rejected Kovalchuk's application for full membership in May 2008. This was seen as the first major blow to Putin's authority since coming to power in 2000 as Putin had wanted to appoint him President of the RAS. There was speculation that Putin had wanted Kovalchuk to become President of the RAS.
References and notes
- Blomfield, Adrian (2008-05-30). "Russian scientists reject Vladimir Putin ally". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on June 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
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