Russia

On June 30, 2022, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested Dmitry Kolker, a scientist and director of a laboratory at Novosibirsk State University on charges of treason. He died in custody two days later, after being transported to Moscow from

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On April 19, 2022, the rector of Volgograd State University (VSU) fired Roman Melnichenko, a long-time lecturer at VSU’s Department of Constitutional and Municipal Law, shortly after Russian legal proceedings and a VSU investigation were opened against him for allegedly

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On March 9, 2022, it was reported that Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs ordered St. Petersburg State University (SPbGU) to expel 13 students who participated in anti-war protests following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On March 2, SPbGu’s vice-rector Alexander Babich

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On February 28, 2022, the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (PRUE) expelled students Polina Lysenko and Antonina Begacheva for commenting on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on social media. On February 24, the students posted Instagram stories that reportedly contained pacifist

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On February 25, 2022, the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow declined to renew the contract of Dmitry Dubrovsky, an internationally renowned scholar and an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences since 2008, apparently on political grounds.

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On June 21, 2021, the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office announced the designation of Bard College, a liberal arts college in New York, as an “undesirable foreign organization.” Russia’s law on “undesirable” organizations, passed in May 2015, seeks to limit the influence

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On April 14, 2021, police raided the office of a student magazine and arrested four student editors in connection with a video they had posted on their magazine’s website. On January 26, 2021, it was reported that the Federal Service

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On January 30, 2021, Astrakhan State University (ASU) expelled three students for participating in a January 23 protest in support of imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny.  Protests over Navalny’s arrest swept Russia in what the New York Times called the

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On December 1, 2020, the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) expelled student Pavel Krysevich for his participation in a demonstration in front of the Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) building. During a November 5, 2020 demonstration in support of

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On August 30, 2020, unidentified individuals reportedly beat Igor Jukov, a prominent student activist and blogger, in apparent retaliation for his public criticism of President Vladimir Putin. On December 6, 2020, Jukov had been convicted of the crime of “inciting

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On March 21, 2020, police reportedly detained Mikhail Lobanov, a professor in the Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics at Moscow State University (MSU), for holding a peaceful demonstration on campus. Lobanov held a “one-person picket” in front of one of

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On September 17, 2019, administrative authorities at Ural State Economic University (UrGEU) in Yekaterinburg, Russia, reportedly summoned a student to a meeting on campus, where they threatened him with expulsion based on suspicions regarding his sexual orientation. The 18-year-old first-year

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