Vyacheslav Shuper: "Many scientists in Russia don’t dare to speak openly"

posted 22 Oct 2015, 00:43 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Oct 2015, 00:43 ]
“Many scientists in Russia don’t dare to speak openly. But I know that many are very unhappy about the degradation of their academic freedom.”

        - Vyacheslav Shuper, Professor, Faculty of Economic & Social Geography of Russia, Moscow State University; senior researcher, Department of Social & Economic Geography, Instiute of Geopgraphy, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Source: Quirin Schiermeier, 'Russian secret service to vet research papers. Moscow biology department among the first to require that all manuscripts comply with law on state secrets,' Nature, 20 October 2015

Quirin Schiermeier writes: 'A biology institute at Russia’s largest and most prestigious university has instructed its scientists to get all research manuscripts approved by the security service before submitting them to conferences or journals. The instructions, which come in response to an amended law on state secrets, appear in minutes from a meeting held on 5 October at the A. N. Belozersky Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). The Russian government says that the amendment is not designed to restrict the publication of basic, non-military research. But scientists say that they believe institutes across the country are issuing similar orders.'