Liquidation of Russian Academy of Sciences impending?

The Russian government, at a meeting last week, launched a bill proposing fundamental changes to the Russian Academy of Sciences, founded in 1724 by Peter the Great. According to the bill, dated 28 June, the academy is to merge with two minor societies — the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The responsibility for the more than 400 research institutes now under the academy’s auspices would be transferred to a new government-run agency. On July 1, the Academy has been granted a temporary reprieve. The Duma — the Russian Parliament — agreed to postpone until October its final vote on the bill.
Learned societies worldwide have been asked by Russian colleagues to express their opinion in letters to the Academy and to the Duma.


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