Russian Academy of Sciences threatened by new law


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Russian science journalists inform at various web portals about the new law that is about to radically transform the almost 300-years old RAS. The mentioned law should be adopted without a previous discussion with the scientific community in fast-track debate in Russia’s parliament. This news comes only a month after the new reform-minded physicist Vladimír Fortov was elected RAS president. According to the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who was speaking to the RIA Novosti news agency the new law and its outcome will enable scientists “to concentrate on research and will spare them the irrelevant function of managing”.

 

Under the draft law, RAS would merge with two more specialized bodies, the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. The law would also establish an Agency for RAS Scientific Institutions that will manage the academy’s real estate holdings and property.
This situation raised many reactions and protests from scientific community that is worried about losing the independence of the Russian academy of sciences.
Young scientists from the Far Eastern Department of RAS published the Open letter about the liquidation of RAS
The letter of the director of the Scientific centrum in in Nizhny Novgorod http://www.ras.ru/FStorage/Download.aspx?id=faeb4715-71e6-402a-99ca-972b873d8d1d
RAS

Russian science journalists inform at various web portals about the new law that is about to radically transform the almost 300-years old RAS. The mentioned law should be adopted without a previous discussion with the scientific community in fast-track debate in Russia’s parliament. This news comes only a month after the new reform-minded physicist Vladimír Fortov was elected RAS president. According to the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev who was speaking to the RIA Novosti news agency the new law and its outcome will enable scientists “to concentrate on research and will spare them the irrelevant function of managing”.

 

Under the draft law, RAS would merge with two more specialized bodies, the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. The law would also establish an Agency for RAS Scientific Institutions that will manage the academy’s real estate holdings and property.
This situation raised many reactions and protests from scientific community that is worried about losing the independence of the Russian academy of sciences.
Young scientists from the Far Eastern Department of RAS published the Open letter about the liquidation of RAS
The letter of the director of the Scientific centrum in in Nizhny Novgorod http://www.ras.ru/FStorage/Download.aspx?id=faeb4715-71e6-402a-99ca-972b873d8d1d
RAS

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