Russian scientists on hungerstrike
Richard.Bos at hagcott.meganet.co.uk
Tue Oct 8 23:21:42 MDT 1996
Subject: Hunger strike in United Institute of Physics of the Earth,
Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Moscow.
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 1996 17:51:38 GMT
In usenet.soc.culture.soviet, Dmitri Kondratiev <dima at paragraph.com>
Please reply to : strakhov at dir.iephys.msk.su
FROM THE STATEMENT FOR THE PRESS
by Academician V.N. Strakhov, General Director of UIPE RAS and
I.I.Naumenko-Bondarenko, Chairman of Trade Union Committee of
On September the 30th, 1996, we, academician Strakhov Vladimir
Nikolaevich, General Director of UIPE RAS and Naumenko-Bondarenko
Igor Ilyich, Chairman of the Trade Union Committee of UIPE RAS started
a hunger strike in a protest against the policy of the Government
of the Russian Federation with regard to Russian science in
general and to the Russian Academy of Sciences in particular.
This policy which has been conducted since 1992 has virtually resulted
in a collapse of the Russian science, first of all of a branch
one. Non-payments of budget financing in 1996 put a final and
elimination of the Russian science including the Russian Academy
of Sciences on the agenda. The main features of the process of
the agony of the Russian science are being defined by the following:
a) a criminally low level of wages for an overwhelming majority of
scientists, including Candidates and Doctors of Sciences which
does not provide even a subsistence minimum;
b) a heavy moral state of a majority of scientists caused by
a miserable level of wages;
c) a quick loss of professionalism of a higher level by
a majority of scientific staff due to enormous stress;
d) absence of young specialists inflow;
e) a moral and physical wear of the material-technical basis of science;
it is not possible to obtain the results of the world level
without modern experimental equipment and modern computer technique;
f) absence of a necessary level of informational supply of science
( by books, journals, telecommunications, work-shops, conferences
At present a lag from a level of the world science for 5-7
years is equal to a complete death of science. The Russian
science has been already lagging behind for five years.
To develop a common state plan of reorganization of science it
is necessary to be guided by long term considerations relating to
a steady development of the country and its population:
a) expenses for science are sure to be transferred to a number of
protected articles of the budget;
b) special programs on technical re-equipment of science, and
first of all - the kept RAS Institutes, should be envisaged;
c) a general level of expenses on science should annually grow,
making 4% of the expenditure part of the budget in 1997,
according to a recently adopted law.
September 30th, 1996
United Institute of Physics of
of the Earth, RAS. Moscow.
TO ALL AND EVERYBODY !
A staff of UIPE RAS fully shares the demands of academician
Strakhov Vladimir Nikolaevich, Director of the Institute, and
Naumenko-Bondarenko Igor Ilyich, Chairman of the Trade Union Committee,
came forward with an extreme action, dangerous for their health, and
appeals to the scientific community of Russia and the whole world
to support this action by all the possible ways of a civic protest.
Would you, please, convey this information on the present events to
all the public and scientific collectives, to all the people
capable of influencing the policy conducted by the government.
Would you, please, inform us about your support and actions
of protest carried out by you through E-mail:
strakhov at dir.iephys.msk.su
fax:(7 O95)255-60-40, 254-90-88
If you have an e-mailing list of appropriate organizations for sending
the information you are free for using it.
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