Almost no global underwater research conducted by the RF now due to lack of money, says scientist
«Over the course of many years we were able to conduct systematic global ocean research. It is practically non-existent now — there is not enough money. Our vessels are more busy with getting tourists to the Antarctic and the Arctic region. And though the scientists are trying to do some research along the way, but this is far from global projects of the past,» he said.
Sagalevich added that submersible vessels 'Mir' are listed on his laboratory’s balance sheet and «no one is going to spend any money on them». «There was a time when I was trying to reach an agreement with some businessman or another regarding financial support for the projects, but it’s not always appealing to them, because scientific research brings prestige to the state, but not profit,» he said.