Wrapping up a meeting about state funding for science, Putin questioned the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yevgeny Fortov, about the academy’s election of senior, unrelated-to-science officials as its members. Putin insinuated that they may fired if they are found to be moonlighting as academics. It’s not quite clear what the benefits are to being a part of this elected body, but if nothing else, it means they do not devote all of their time to their main jobs.

In the past few months, Putin has been taking a tough line on errant bureaucrats. Several senior officials have been fired, while the Economic Minister, Alexei Ulyukayev, has been detained on a charge of a $2 million bribe.

“Drain the swamp” is a catch phrase from the Trump campaign, aimed at eliminating corruption from Washington.

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