Several sources are reporting that the Russian Government has created a state agency to oversee nanotechnology issues. Nanowerk reports that the new government body "will ensure interaction between government, business and scientists in the implementation of the state policy in the spheres of nanotechnology and nano-industry." And, the lower house of the Russian Parliament is considering legislation that would form Russia’s first nanotechnology based company.
Additionally, Small Times reports that Russian and American interests are collaborating for nanotechnology research and development as well as helping Russian counterparts present new technologies and discoveries while assisting with patent and other intellectual property protections.
This is just another example of how wide reaching nanotechnology is becoming. Beyond the Russians more fully engaging in the sector, it appears that nanotech is helping to further thaw diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia.