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Senior research fellow of the Scientific-Technical Center of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, National Academy of Science of Armenia, the founder, the President and the Executive Officer of the National Fund of Science and Advanced Technologies, Haroutyun Karapetyan has refused from the President's Prize. The scientist became the President's Prize winner in the sphere of natural sciences in 2007.
In his open letter provided to ArmInfo, the scientist says that he will return the certificate and the medal, and the money prize he received jointly with Aram Petrosyan and Ruben Apreyan for a series of scientific articles on the topic "Growth and investigation of new class of nonlinear optical crystals".
The scientist disagrees with the government policy in the sphere of science. "The negative elements in the given policy clearly reflect the criminal and oligarchic system in the country."
Karapetyan believes that in the sphere of science "there is prospering corruption, protectionism, embezzlement of budget funds and group approaches." He thinks, "the authorities promote brain drain from the country."