A list of members of the Council for the implementation of the Federal Scientific and Technical Program for the Development of Genetic Technologies, in which Vorontsov is mentioned, is given in a decree signed by President Putin. Attention paid to him "Open Media".
Vorontsova is listed in the document as a member of the presidium of the All-Russian public organization Russian Association for the Advancement of Science. The website of this association reports that it works at the Endocrinological Research Center (ENC) of the Ministry of Health of Russia. Vorontsova appears in the list of doctors on the ENSC website as a leading researcher. In June 2018, on the Russia 1 TV channel, a story was shown in which Maria Vorontsova, named as a children's endocrinologist and a researcher at the ESC, gave an interview.
Putin's prospective daughter
In 2016, The New Times wrote that Vorontsova is the eldest daughter of Vladimir Putin. According to the journal, she graduated from the graduate school at the Endocrinological Research Center, where she remained to work. The fact that “the eldest daughter of Putin is Maria” is connected with the ESC, was also reported by Reuters in 2015.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Vedomosti on Friday when asked whether Maria Vorontsov, included in the council, was Putin’s daughter: “We don’t traditionally answer such questions.”
Why does the government invest money in genetics
The government approved the federal program for the development of genetic technologies for 2019–2027 on April 22. The government plans to spend 127 billion rubles over nine years to implement this program. Most of this money - 111 billion rubles - will be allocated from the federal budget, the resolution says. The program includes both technical support and research, as well as the applied use of genetic technologies. Including the development of biological products, diagnostic systems and immunobiological tools for health, biotechnology for agriculture and industry.
Under the program, it is planned to create at least three world-class genomic research centers by the end of 2020. Their role is to conduct research and development in the field of genomic research involving Russian and foreign scientists. The goal is the entry of Russia by 2024 into the top five leading countries in research and development, including in this area.
The creation of genomic research centers is carried out on the national project "Science", the total funding of which will be 636 billion rubles.