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New Rules on Foreign Contacts Resurrect Cold War-Era Distrust

Science  08 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5523, pp. 1810
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5523.1810

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MOSCOW-- Is it a benign measure to protect Russian scientists from unwittingly revealing state secrets, or a chilling return to Soviet-style authoritarianism? Debate is swirling over a sweeping directive from the Russian Academy of Sciences that requires its 55,000 researchers to report any international activities and contacts to the academy's governing presidium.