Report “Understanding Academic Freedom in the Russian Context” published (in Russian)

How have relations between science and the state changed over the past 10/20 years? What do scientists themselves mean by the concept of “academic freedom”? What are the limitations of academic freedoms and what are their consequences for Russian science and education? The study conducted in January-June 2020 by the Center for Independent Social Research tried to answer these questions.

PDF (in Russian)

*The title of the Report strictly follows the directives recently imposed on organizations listed as a “foreign agent” by Russian regulator the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) (Order #124 of November 23, 2020). The font size is twice as large as font of the content, and it reads “This content is created and distributed by a Russian legal entity perfoming the functions of a foreign agent”.  In 2015, Russia’s Justice Ministry formally labeled the Centre for Independent Social Research a “foreign agent“. In 2015, Centre for Indipendent Social Research was listed by Russian authorities as “an organisation performing the functions of an foreign angent”. We consider discriminatory both the law introducing the concept of “foreign agent” into Russian legislation and the practice of implementing this Act to oppress Russian independent Non-Governmental Organizations. We follow the directives which don’t fit our work stylistically and which are detrimental for the civil society, because we are willing to keep Centre working and we are not going to violate our professional integrity.

We see the fact of registering the Centre for Independent Social Research and other Russian think-tanks as foreign agents is a graphic example of the academic rights violation in Russia – the topic investigated in the Report.