Kremlin dismantles Russian Academy of Sciences
Tuesday 29th October, 2013

At the end of September, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill that reforms the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN). The legislation, which was previously passed by the Duma, Russia’s parliament, virtually puts an end to the academy as an independent scientific institution and will lead to far-reaching cuts in science funding. The new law is the culmination of a decades-long assault on science and culture that began with the restoration of capitalism in the Soviet Union.Despite undergoing a dramatic decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the academy has–until …

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