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On March 7, 2024, Russia’s Foreign Ministry designated the Institute of International Education (IIE)–a nonprofit that facilitates international educational exchange, including the US government-funded Fulbright program–an “undesirable organization,” for allegedly implementing “anti-Russian programs and projects aimed at recruiting ‘agents of

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On February 12, 2024, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced sanctions, including entry bans, on 18 British citizens, including a list of scholars and researchers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that the ban was a response to the United

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On October 16, 2023, Russia’s prosecutor general labeled the Central European University (CEU), a Vienna-based research university founded by the Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros, an “undesirable” organization for allegedly discrediting Russian political leadership and the “Special Military Operation” in Ukraine.

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On October 13, 2023, Russia’s prosecutor general announced the designation of the Center for Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS)–a Berlin-based research institution focused on conflict, migration, diversity, and political economy in post-Soviet Eastern and Central European countries–as an “undesirable”

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On October 13, 2023, St. Petersburg State University (SPBU) fired Svetlana Drugoveiko-Dolzhanskaya, a senior lecturer in the Russian language department, for allegedly violating “moral and ethical standards” while conducting a linguistic analysis of a court case. In the spring of

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On September 1, 2023, Russia’s Academy of Sciences (RAN) dismissed Valery Garbuzov, the director of RAN’s U.S. and Canada Studies Institute (ISKRAN). On August 29, 2023, Garbuzov published an opinion article in the news publication Nezavisimaya Gazeta in which he

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On June 16, 2023, a student reported to the media that they had been expelled, along with six other students from the Faculty of History at St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU) for speaking out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The

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On June 2, 2023, the leadership of St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU) fired Mikhail Belousov, an associate professor at the Institute of History, for committing an “immoral act” by speaking out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and “insulting” the Russian

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On May 19, 2023, police raided a student residence at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur State Technical University, injuring around 100 Tajik students. Fifteen students reportedly received serious injuries. According to the students, the Russian riot police, Special Purpose Police Unit (OMON), and

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On April 27, 2023, the Moscow City Court ordered the liquidation of the SOVA Center for Information and Analysis (SOVA Center) after the Ministry of Justice claimed that the NGO had violated its charter. The liquidation order comes after Russia’s

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On March 31, 2023, Russia’s prosecutor general labeled the Moscow-based Free University an “undesirable organization,” prompting it to shut down. In labeling the Free University as “undesirable,” Russia stated that it “popularized the activities of organizations recognized as extremist in

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On March 7, 2023, a Russian court fined Elena Kabakova, an associate professor of mathematics at Pyatigorsk State University, for comments that she made in class that were allegedly critical of Russia and the war in Ukraine. Kabakova reportedly showed

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On December 27, 2022, the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow fired Ilya Inishev, an associate professor at the HSE School of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, for posts that he made on Facebook. Inishev’s firing came after the chairman

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On December 9, 2022 the ethics commission at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) fired Dinara Gagarina, an associate professor and the head of the Master’s degree program in Digital Humanities at HSE’s Perm location, for social media posts that

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