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Computer More Important Than Tank - Medvedev

Russian Girl Sitting At ComputerORENBURG, Sept 1 (Interfax) - On the Day of Learning, which marks the start of the new school year, President Dmitry Medvedev conducted a Peace Lesson for seven-graders of the Orenburg presidential cadet college, which opened on September 1.

"You must learn to handle computers. Today's computer is a weapon, which is of no smaller importance than a rifle, or a tank. To be serious, a computer is more important, of course," Medvedev said, addressing the cadets as the future defenders of Russia.

"The state is being run and the armed forces controlled via computers," he said.

"If a person has no computer skills, he will fail to fit into the new world, to become a skilled officer, to defend the Fatherland, and just to work in any economic branch. Computer skills will always come very handy," the president said.

In the meantime, according to the survey's findings, 18 per cent of those who replied believe that Russia is a superpower anyway, while 36 per cent believe that it will become a superpower within the next 10-15 years. Thirty per cent of those who replied are sceptical about Russia's chances in this area.


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