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MOSCOW. July 16 (Interfax) - Russian university graduates should not be restricted in their right to work for foreign companies or go abroad, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said.
"As head of the government, I dislike the fact that some (graduates) are leaving Russia, nevertheless, I believe it is wrong to restrict our people in their rights," Putin said at a meeting with senior members of the Federation Council in Moscow on Wednesday.
Responding to Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov's criticism of the Bologna process and his proposal to introduce special measures to make Russian university graduates stay and work in Russia, Putin said: "We have conceptual differences with you."
The fact that some Russian young people go abroad has a positive side to it, he said.
"Our education systems are therefore showing their competitiveness," Putin said.
"You think that by getting European-standard diplomas our people are encouraged to look for jobs in foreign companies or abroad. We should act not through restrictions but through creating the optimal conditions for young people to work here, that is by increasing salaries and providing housing opportunities," the prime minister said.