Reform of Russian Academy of Sciences passed


Despite protests, the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, has approved controversial reforms to the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). The upper house and President Vladimir Putin are both expected to approve the law. There has been a long running conflict between the government, many of whom believe the academy is inefficient, and RAS.

A number of amendments were made during the bill's third reading on Wednesday, however the core of the reforms, which propose passing management of the academy, its budget and property portfolio to a new governmental agency, remain. 


Related Content

Duma to review Russian Academy of Sciences reform

19 September 2013 News and Analysis

news image

Scientists in Russia have united in efforts to block and revise controversial reforms of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Russian scientists claim state reform will 'kill science'

25 July 2013 News and Analysis

news image

Protesters conduct a symbolic funeral to decry state interference in science academies

Most Commented

WHO clarifies glyphosate risks

23 May 2016 Business

news image

UN and WHO panel conclude the herbicide glyphosate is ‘unlikely’ to cause cancer at realistic exposure levels

Large HIV vaccine trial to launch in South Africa

24 May 2016 News and Analysis

news image

US funding agency will enlist 5400 people for HIV vaccine study in South Africa in November