Russian Academy refuses government demands

April 2, 2007

Last week, the Russian Academy of Sciences refused to adopt any of the government-suggested provisions for its charter, unanimously voting to leave the current charter unchanged. The current charter does not comply with recent changes to Russian law, which give President Putin power of approval over the school's president, and give the national cabinet final say over RAS' charter.  Many feel the autonomy of Russian higher education is at stake.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)