“We are old friends, we criticized each other, praised each other - a whole life.

He is an outstanding scientist, physicist, focused on the extreme state of matter.

That is, a substance at the highest pressures and highest temperatures.

This is his main scientific interest, he has been doing this since his youth, ”said Nigmatulin.

According to him, Fortov has always been a benevolent person.

“He was, of course, the leader.

He was also a statesman, for some time he headed the State Committee for Science in the rank of deputy prime minister under Chernomyrdin, then, of course, he was the academician-secretary of our department of physical and technical problems of energy and, of course, the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences ", - he noted.

Nigmatulin added that Vladimir Fortov was an active participant in all meetings of the presidium, always asking questions about science.

“This is a great loss for our academy ... He was a gentle person, rather gentle.

For me and for our colleagues, this is a big disaster, "the interlocutor of RT concluded.

Former RAS President Academician Vladimir Fortov died at the age of 74. 

As specified in the Academy of Sciences, he was sick with coronavirus.