Putin Wanted Russian Science to Top the World. Then a Huge Academic Scandal Blew Up.
Eight years ago, President Vladimir Putin decreed that Russia must become a leading scientific power. That meant at least five top-100 Russian universities by 2020, and a dramatic increase in the number of global citations of Russian scientific papers. Now a group at the center of Putin’s aspirations, the Russian Academy of Sciences, has dropped a bombshell into the plans. A commission set up by the academy has led to the retraction of at least 869 Russian scientific articles, mainly for plagiarism.
Sci-Hub "Pirate Bay of Science" Blocked in Russia Over Medical Studies
Many of Sci-Hub's domains have been blocked in Russia following a complaint from academic publisher Springer Nature that three studies covering heart and brain health were offered without obtaining an appropriate license.
Scientific cooperation between the UK and Russia was boosted in August this year when Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed to extend the UK-Russia Intergovernmental Agreement on Science and Technology cooperation for another 10 years.
About 3000 Russian scientists rallied in Moscow on Saturday to protest against government reforms of the research system and the imposition of competitive funding, which is not commonly used in the country.