Rebuke against Russian science grows as the deadly conflict enters its sixth day.
Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has unleashed an outpouring of condemnation from scientists and research organizations worldwide. Some organizations in Western nations have moved to quickly sever links with Russia — cutting off funding and resources and ending collaborations with Russian scientists. And from Mauritius to Latvia, national science academies and groups of researchers have issued statements sharply criticizing the conflict and supporting their Ukrainian colleagues.
The international academic research reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not only understandable it is commendable. We suggest that all research institutions should look for ways to sever existing ties with Russia and express their outrage at the unprovoked attack on the smaller nation. AHRECS doesn’t have an existing relationship with Russia and on the basis of their unprovoked attack on a smaller country, we won’t accept a commission from them.
“There should be a complete boycott of the Russian academic community. No cooperation,” says Maksym Strikha, a physicist at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, who is in the centre of the Ukrainian capital and said the frontline was 30 kilometres away. That includes barring Russian-authored articles from Western journals and banning researchers with Russian affiliations from international research teams, he says. “The Russian academic community should also pay its own price for supporting [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”