February 15, 14:53

Готов ставить на то, что закон пройдёт, но в каком именно виде — интересно

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Журнал Nature (!) написал про наш болезный антипросветительский проект закона. Круче только Lancet, но он всё больше по итогам вскрытия делает публикации (хотя не всегда). Цитируются вице-президент РАН Алексей Хохлов, астрофизик Сергей Попов, гроза плагиаторов Михаил Гельфанд и другие друзья знания. Тем временем петиция против законопроекта весело перевалила за 200 тыс подписей, что для русской части Change.org дело почти невиданное. В думском комитете собирают поправки ко второму чтению вроде как до сегодня, но даты второго чтения Совет думы не установил пока никакой. Время же, как известно дорогим читателям, на стороне живых.

"Scientists and academics in Russia are protesting against a proposed law change that they say will damage academic freedom and free speech. The amendment to Russia’s law on education, which lawmakers say is intended to stop anti-Russian propaganda, would require academics and educators to get permission from state authorities to do public outreach for educational activities, including those involving science. A petition against the change — which Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, is scheduled to vote on next week — has drawn more than 200,000 signatures, and threats from researchers of civil disobedience because it could curb efforts to grow scientific literacy.

The presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences — the nation’s primary basic-research organization — has called on Duma members to reject the bill. The suggested changes run counter to efforts to modernize Russian science, academy leaders say. “Activities that enlighten society about scientific achievements are developing rapidly in Russia and scientists consider this mission useful for the whole society,” says Alexei Khokhlov, vice-president of the academy. “The proposed law doesn’t support these activities, it gives only restrictions. Any form of restrictions are not helpful for the development of society.”

The proposal would grant the government “excessive control” of a range of public teaching and outreach activities that scientists conduct outside formal educational programmes, says Sergei Popov, an astronomer at Lomonosov Moscow State University who launched the online petition. These might include efforts to increase scientific literacy through popular lectures, podcasts and online courses on platforms such as YouTube".

Russian academics decry law change that threatens scientific outreach

Researchers say that a proposed amendment could impede collaboration with foreign speakers and scientific literacy.