Academy Fights to Maintain Research in the "Wild East"

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Science  31 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5266, pp. 1259-1260
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5266.1259


Vladivostok, Russia—In July, 30 Russian, American, and Japanese scientists are scheduled to set sail from here on a Russian research vessel to study the biodiversity of the Kuril Islands off Japan's northern tip. This important expedition is the latest example of the trans-Pacific alliances that have been forged since Russia opened up its far Eastern coast to the outside world. But it is also a symbol of a different kind: It is the only expedition the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences can afford this year, and as Science went to press, it was scrambling to pay a dock fee that would allow the ship—the Professor Bogorov—to leave harbor.