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Duo Dodges Bullets in Russian Roulette

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Science  10 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5459, pp. 1729-1731
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5459.1729

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Last month, two scientists, one from Russia and one from Ukraine, who were charged with serious crimes by the security apparatuses of their respective countries, won victories suggesting that the judicial systems in these young democracies are not inclined to rubber-stamp trumped-up accusations against scientists. These victories, along with the recent acquittal of a Russian environmental activist, are huge morale boosters for scientists of the former Soviet Union, who have forcefully and publicly defended their colleagues.