Despite the economic difficulties, culture, science and sport will continue to receive support in Russia
Concerning the role of foreign players, it is also said: ‘Let’s refuse international players’. But, first, sports diplomacy, including in the form of participation by players and sportsmen in our country or our sportsmen abroad, is a powerful tool for developing relations between countries and between people. […] If we count the number of professional musicians… and count all the top professionals in such sports as football, ice-hockey, basketball, and other sports games, we find a roughly similar number of people, professionals in their field. I think that, no matter how difficult the times, ways and means will be found for sport and culture, with the help of science, to continue developing — Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Gazprom; General Director, Football Club Zenit.
I believe that we have entered a period in our history that has unexpectedly opened up a tremendous potential and maybe even new meanings. […] Russia has surprisingly received a chance… to take a real look at what is happening precisely here. We, people of Russia, must make maximum use of this opportunity and do, like our great forerunners did long ago, something in aggregate really major, really huge that will not only keep us standing firmly on our feet, on our land, but also thus become globally significant. When you are strong at home, you are strong in the world — Valery Gergiev, Artistic, General Director, State Academic Mariinsky Theatre.
We have created a system of immunity, a system of state guarantees that, by the way, has really worked — Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director, The State Hermitage Museum.
Science must now be mainly focused on piercing the scientific and technical veil being lowered over our country — Alexander Sergeev, President, Russian Academy of Sciences.