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Academy Backs Off Cold War-Style Rules

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Science  10 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5532, pp. 1025-1027
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5532.1025b

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MOSCOW-- The Russian Academy of Sciences has quietly rescinded a controversial directive requiring its 55,000 researchers to report their foreign contacts to the RAS governing presidium. The rule, ostensibly to protect Russian intellectual property, has been replaced by one that simply seeks to help institute directors keep tabs on their more Western-oriented researchers. Watchdogs say that the new rule should calm the fears of scientists who saw a return to Soviet-style authoritarianism.