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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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On November 26, 2022, the media reported that Russian authorities were pressuring international students from Africa to enlist to fight in Ukraine. According to reports, Russian officials promised students monetary compensation if they enlisted in the Russian armed forces or

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On November 11, 2022, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced entry bans for 200 US citizens, including a list of scholars and researchers. Russia’s ban was in response to the United States government’s sanctions of Russian citizens. The five scholars

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On October 26, 2022, St. Petersburg State University (SPSU) dismissed Denis Skopin, an associate professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, apparently for his participation in protests against the government’s mobilization of military-age men to fight in Russia’s

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On October 5, 2022, the administration of the Kunta-Hadji Russian Islamic University in Chechnya expelled 17 students in apparent connection to their refusal to participate in a rally on September 23 in support of “referendums” on the annexation of Ukrainian

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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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