AirCargo wrote:Russian scientists stage rare anti-government demo.
AFP By Anna Smolchenko, Olga Rotenberg
Moscow (AFP) - Russian scientists staged a rare anti-government demonstration Saturday as fears mount that they will be next in the line of fire after Kremlin crackdowns on the media, rights activists and the opposition.
Unless these "crackdowns" include massive amount of riot police, water cannons, tear-gas and rubber bullets, then there not "crackdowns"
Several thousand protesters including scientists and intellectuals took to the streets of Moscow to express fears for the future of scientific research, which is becoming mired in red tape and mismanagement.
I wish they went into more detail about these "red tape and mismanagement" issues, but i guess there not worth mentioning.
Prominent opposition figures including top activist Alexei Navalny joined the rally.
"Prominent" is not the word i would use to describe someone like Navalny and the man is barely an "opposition figure", he is without a doubt a pathetic media whore who gets all his attention by positioning himself as sort of anti-Putin figure sort of like the girl from Pussy-Riot.
Protesters held up placards reading "Authorities are strangling science", "Nobel laureates are foreign agents" and "Putin cannot solve problems, he is the problem".
Well sure,i guess lack of finance strangles science/ Considering Obama got a Nobel prize, then yea the laureates might as well be foreign agents/ Yea, bringing Russia back from the grave didn't involve any problem solving at all.
Astrophysicist Boris Shtern told the rally: "Alas, science is slowly dying. The massive advance of ignorance is being supported by the media and authorities."
I'm confused is he talking about Russia or the U.S, if U.S then he's totally right, if Russia then he's a F'ing idiot.
The protest was originally called in support of a top private foundation whose 82-year-old founder, philanthropist Dmitry Zimin, has come under fire for financing Russian science from overseas accounts.
Discontent among scientists has been brewing for months but the crackdown against Zimin's Dynasty Foundation sparked acute anger and disbelief.
The justice ministry in late May added the ex-telecoms magnate's Dynasty foundation to its list of "foreign agents" under a law that critics say is designed to muzzle critics of President Vladimir Putin.
Zimin, a widely respected former radio engineer who spent millions of dollars supporting scientific research, has threatened to shut down his foundation, demanded an apology from the authorities and temporarily left Russia.
Not really sure what going on here so i'll leave this for kvs and sepheronx
An AFP correspondent said more than 2,000 people turned up at the rally, while activists counted some 3,500 participants.
So, how many of these people were actual scientist and how many were just there for Navalny?
"Antonina Aleksandrova, a biologist at a cancer treatment centre, slammed the attack against Zimin's foundation whose grant recipients include groups promoting liberal values.
Values crap again.
"For the country to develop, it needs education," Aleksandrova told AFP.
Russia has one of the best edution systems in the world, the hell is this idiot talking about.
"The Dynasty is an egregious example of how an organisation that played a huge role in this education has been crushed."
"It is a significant loss for us all."
How was it crushed, it was added to a list not bombed to dust.
Physicist Vladimir Olshansky said he found the current atmosphere of "lies and obscurantism" offensive.
He said the Kremlin was threatened by free-wheeling scientists and their independent-minded benefactors.
"independent-minded benefactors" have become serious threats to all non-western aligned countries, politically anyway, not sure of there effects on science community though.
"The authorities believe that they themselves know who to give money to."
kvs and sepheronx all yours
Chemist Efim Brodsky added: "What's happening threatens the country more than science."
True, that's why they made the foreign agents law
- 'Only reason to stay' -
Critics accuse the Russian government of boosting defence spending at the expense of science, education and health care as tensions with the West run high.
First of all, who are these so called critics
Second, why are they blaming everything on the Military budget and not the sanctions
Third, of course the military budget is getting increased, they are rearming.
Fourth, do not think that Russia is as stupid as the U.S and the E.U, to sacrifice "science, education and health care"
Some have said that Russia appears to be losing its competitive edge in space, pointing to a recent string of mishaps.
Any one else wanna take this.
Many supporters praise Zimin as a rare Russian philanthropist who instead of flaunting his wealth like many fellow tycoons chooses to support a young generation of scientists.
All well and good
"Without the Dynasty young scientists would begin leaving the country abruptly," Mikhail Nikitin, a 32-year-old biologist, told AFP, adding that he was finishing a book he was hoping could be published with the help of the fund.
This brain-drain crap agian
"For many young scientists the Dynasty's grants were the only reason to stay in Russia," he said.
Guess there's no patriotism in these youngsters
More than 250 Russian scientists, most of them working abroad, signed an open letter in support of Zimin, saying they were "outraged and extremely worried" by the pressure on the fund and its possible consequences.
Yes, clarifying where funds actually go may put a lot of people's Swiss bank accounts in danger
Zimin's foundation has a 2015 budget of 435 million rubles ($7.7 million at the current exchange rate).
"My money is kept abroad," Zimin, who founded mobile telecommunications giant VimpelCom in 1992, told Russian reporters. "But Russia also keeps its money abroad."
Not all of it's money
Putin signed the law on "foreign agents" in 2012, after huge opposition protests, and described the legislation as "self-defence" against the financing of political activities in the country from abroad.
Yap, sounds about right.
Scores of rights groups resent the tag carrying connotations of Cold War espionage.
Yea, blame the state, not the foreign powers constantly using these organisation as fronts to cause internal instability.