Science and Innovation: Modernization instead of innovation?
The relative improvement of the position of Belarus in the Global Innovation Index 2019 gives grounds for cautious optimism. However, the problem of underfunding of science and innovation is maintained. The self-isolation of the Belarusian scientific community from the global flow of scientific publications is getting worse, and the “in visibility” of Belarusian scientists’ publications on economic, social and humanitarian sciences remains. Attempts to mask the shocking reality of scien tific and innovative development of Belarus with du bious and irrelevant gross indicators of socio-economic modernization only worsen the situation. When the mobilization model is exhausted, manipulations with statistical data become the dominant strategy for creating the appearance of innovative development of the country.