Russia Creates National Quantum Laboratory

  • Seven additional Russian corporations will assist the projects.
  • It is plausible to believe the lab is meant to counter the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab.
  • There has been a mention of possible collaboration with Asian nations.

The Kremlin unveiled a new national project at the Rossiya Segodnya news agency’s press center. The announcement is pertaining to the the official launch of the National Quantum Laboratory (NQL). The new quantum lab will be under the Rosatom state corporation’s umbrella.

Rosatom stylized as ROSATOM and also known as the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation, the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, or the Rosatom State Corporation, is a Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow that specializes in nuclear energy.

Additionally, seven more Russian corporations will assist the projects. The corporations are:

  1. Kvant
  2. HSE
  3. MISIS
  4. MIPT
  5. The Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  6. The Skolkovo Foundation
  7. Quantum Group

It is expected that more corporations are expected to join within a year. The Rosatom State Corporation chose Ruslan Yunusov to lead the NQL.

The mission of the NQL is to create new digital infrastructure and provide the needed training for the new generations. Hence, it is plausible to believe the lab is meant to counter the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab).

Last month, DFRLab was able to aid in taking down Russian accounts on multiple social media platforms that were engaged in social engineering propaganda activities targeting the West.

Moreover, the Kremlin plans to build a new facility near the existing Skolkovo center. There will be two buildings totaling 5,500 square meters (59201.51 feet). According to the Rosatom representative, the state-of-the-art infrastructure base will allow Russia to qualitatively increase the level of research and scientific development, including in the framework of the implementation of the roadmap for quantum computing.

Additionally, a talent pool from across Russia will be brought to the lab to research and study the quantum topics. It is expected the best of the best will be selected from the secondary schools.

The students, postgraduates and up and coming researchers, will be able to learn from the experience of world-class scientists and apply to the development of the superconductors, ions, neutral atoms and photons.

The Atlantic Council is an American Atlanticist think tank in the field of international affairs.

It should be noted that the digital systems integration will be taught as well. The members of the digital lab will receive methodological, marketing and analytical support for their activities, including assistance in finding staff and attracting partners.

During the announcement, a representative from Rosatom stated:

“Quantum computing and the quantum computer today are a field of competition between the world’s scientific schools and technology giants. There is a serious competition for leadership in this direction. I am confident that the national quantum laboratory will make a significant contribution to ensuring that our country’s position in this area is high.”

The NQL is the first in Russia to promote sustainable ecosystem of the quantum computing with an emphasis of the national security angle. There has been a mention of possible collaboration with Asian nations.

It is highly likely that Russia will engage China on certain projects. It could even be possible that Russia and China will jointly engage in the targeted cyber warfare operations. The Kremlin will continue with its targets and goals pertaining the digital and quantum space.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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