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Russian Technology Announcements

Russia never fails to announce technology breakthroughs simultaneous with the rest of the world.  Sometimes, even, those announcements describe a breakthrough that predates others.  Look more closely and you may conclude that this is a propaganda technique developed during Soviet times. It’s called “socialist realism.”

Ebola Vaccine

In October 2014, at the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova announced the development of Triazoverin , which she described as 70-90% effective against Ebola.  She described two other compounds also under study.  After that announcement, we heard no more about Triazoverin.

In February 2016, Skvortsova announced GamEvac-Combi. She siad,  “In laboratory conditions, this serum allows to completely neutralize Ebola, with almost 100 percent efficacy.  The vaccine is absolutely safe, and has almost no side [effects], as well as offering an unmatched immunity-boosting effect.”  In the three months since that announcement … silence.


Hyperloop, Elon Musk’s dream of a 750 mph capsule-in-a-tube is energizing people’s imaginations from Singapore to Seattle.  A Russian scientist in Siberia thought it up and published the paper, Motion without Friction, in 1914.  Boris Weinberg described cars running on electromagnetic propulsion inside a copper tube.

In May 2016, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov described a planned hyperloop project between Saint Petersburg and Moscow.  Anatolyi Zaitsev, an official from the St. Petersburg State Transport University, said this run could be built for no more than $12-$13 billion.  He went on to say that a demonstration of levitation funded by Gordon Atlantic had been completed.

In what appears to be an unrelated venture, the Russian national railway is reportedly in talks to form a cooperative venture with Hyperloop One.  This alliance was apparently brokered by Caspian VC, a Russian firm which has invested in Hyperloop One.

Great press, all of it, but no results.

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