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The discourse of innovative development has gained currency over the past decade in Russia as governmental agencies have been putting considerable effort into promoting narratives about the role of innovation in the national economy. In contrast with the post-Soviet period of the 1990s and 2000s, the 2010s in Russia have seen a shift in the public discourse as more significance started to be attached to university-business-government partnership. The study uses the empirical data collected from Integrum, an archive of mass-media sources from Russia and other ex-Soviet countries, over a 10-year period (from January 1, 2010 to July 1, 2021). Methodologically, the study relies on methods of applied narrative analysis. The study identifies five key narratives of innovative development propagated by governmental agencies and the Russian academia. Advances in science and technology were among the key priorities set by Russia’s National Security Strategy, a milestone document adopted in 2015. The government saw university-business-government partnership as the best way of ensuring innovative development. However, members of the academia as well as governmental officials themselves admitted the lack of actual cooperation and effective dialogue between business and universities. Moreover, scientists emphasized the need for more academic freedom and criticized the government for excessive control (including financial matters), which led them to underestimate the role of the state in innovative development.
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