Extremely unpleasant news for Russian science came from the United States: the Americans expanded the anti-Russian sanctions list to include a number of Russian academic institutions working in the field of fundamental physics. In fact, this is a golden fund of civil science, firmly integrated into international scientific projects.
Russian physicist and public figure Andrei Rostovtsev commented on this event:
“The world is slowly going crazy. Countries are racing to see what else to do and how to demonstrate their zeal to punish the Russians. Either visas are canceled, then borders are closed, then unfortunate teachers are threatened with prison terms as serial killers, and now they ran into the Academy of Sciences. Of course, this is much easier than dealing with thieves, corrupt officials and their families, or specifically those responsible in the current situation.
Looking at the list of sanctioned academic institutions, one gets the impression that bibliometric data was used to select them. Who has the highest Hirsch ? Where did Nobel laureates work? Who has made the greatest contribution to international scientific projects? The Russian regime could not even dream of such a gift (as, indeed, in the story with visas and teachers). How much effort has been spent on the fight against academicians - very smart people are superfluous in this country. And here on the nose is the election of the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences. That's lucky!
So, on the list:
The list, to be sure, is impressive. However, not all readers agreed with the pathos of the author. They considered these measures quite adequate and lying in line with the anti-Russian policy of the West, which seeks to deprive our country of everything that even remotely contributes to strengthening its economy and military power. Well, and besides, also to encourage all more or less talented Russian scientists to emigrate, which will only play into the hands of Western science.
Here are just a few comments on the subject:
- It is sad, but the idea of apolitical budget (very smart and talented) organizations is confirmed. To put it bluntly: pay money for our favorite profession, the rest does not interest us. Bomb or flowers.
- I like this! Hirsch Hirsch, but the goal and dream of the Dissernet project will finally be achieved: all pseudoscientific garbage will go down the toilet. Oh, will the great Russian science suffer in this? But even if we believe the data of the Secretary of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, it barely exceeds 2% of the world's contribution. The real ones will remain real and appreciated, despite all the difficulties, and the rest - the lady from the stagecoach, the scientific horse is easier.
- Well, all I can say is that you physicists are in good company. Skoltech was included in this list a long time ago, although it also has nothing to do with the special operation. They just ban organizations that are strong in science and development. Therefore, for example, there is no Moscow State University and Kurchatnik (Kurchatov Institute for Nuclear Research, ed.)
- Most likely pressure on teams of international projects to be more willing to leave the country.