Well-known Russian academics, members of the club “Club July 1,” issued a statement in support of the requirement to deprive of a scientific degree of the Minister of culture of Russia Vladimir Medinsky. About it writes on Friday “Kommersant” with reference to the text of the request. The paper also publishes the full text of the appeal.
“The aim of science is search of truth, and attempts to replace it with myths, from whatever reasons it may have done, undermine the foundations of a scientific view of the world”, — the statement says. The authors point out that the question of the thesis must relate to the competence of scientists, and “no administrative pressure here is unacceptable”.
“The unprecedented intervention of the leadership of VAK in the professional examination of the thesis discreditied the entire system of scientific promotion in Russia,” the scientists write.
The authors demanding the return of his thesis Medina for consideration to the academic Council of the Ural Federal University (Urfu), and also to dismiss the heads of the Higher attestation Commission (HAC), “their actions caused serious damage to his reputation”. “Recent events force us to revisit the proposal to transfer control of HAC of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which we have already expressed”, – said in the appeal, the full text of which is also published on the newspaper’s website.
The document was signed by 24 people.
Members of the “Club July 1” — an informal Association of academicians and corresponding members, who disagree with the reform of the RAS. There are many leading Russian scientists, including several members of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
In April of this year, the community “Discerned” Ivan Babitsky filed in the Ministry of education the statement with the requirement to deprive Medina of a degree.
In his opinion, the work of the Minister of culture has no scientific value. The case of Medina of the thesis was to examine 4 Oct dissertation Council of the Ural Federal University. However, it has become known that the trial was postponed. Later, the WAC and completely withdrew from the dissertation Council of the Ural Federal University the consideration of the case about deprivation of the Medina for a degree. The head of the certifying authority Vladimir Filippov said at the time that the Commission had yet to decide exactly which the dissertation will be considered a statement on the suspension of a Minister degree.
Medina himself called the complaint against his thesis a “denunciation in the best traditions of lysenkovshina”.