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Russian Turmoil Rattles CERN

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Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2414-2415
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2414b

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MOSCOW-- Discord over KGB-style rules that require Russian academics to report contacts with foreign scientists--as well as a management change at a key institute--are raising caution flags about Russia's collaboration on a major international project at CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics. CERN is relying heavily on Russian researchers to help build the $1.5 billion Large Hadron Collider, a machine that will explore fundamental questions such as why particles have mass, and there is concern that increased security pressure could limit their participation in the project.