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A Friend to Russian Science, but an Enemy to the Government

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It's been a dismal month for Russian science.
 
On May 12, dozens of universities and research institutes lost access to online scientific articles after the government failed to pay nearly $1 million in overdue subscription fees. Days later, a Proton-M rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned minutes after liftoff, becoming Russia's 16th botched launch in six years.
 
But worse was still to come. On May 26, one of the country's biggest scientific benefactors, 82-year-old Dmitry Zimin, canceled millions of dollars in funding after the Russian government branded his Dynasty Foundation a "foreign agent," a label commonly used to target organizations seen as unfriendly to the government.
 

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A Eurasianet partner post from <a href="http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-friend-of-science-enemy-of-state/27…;

A Friend to Russian Science, but an Enemy to the Government

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