Five scientists from United States, England and Canada have signed a open letter for the western scientific community. In it, it is requested that the russian scientists for his country’s behavior in the Ukrainian war. They point out that if these researchers are left out, the whole planet will suffer the consequences, because the scientific and technological advances in which they participate are interrupted.
In the letter which has just been published in ScienceThey also specify their rejection of the activities of Vladimir Putin. ““Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine deserves all the opprobrium it has received around the world.” However, they consider it a mistake that their Russian scientific colleagues are paying for their president’s atrocities.
They also urge continued protection and empowerment of Ukrainian scientistsbut without implying sanction researchers from its neighboring country. Finally, they undertake to recall that many Russian scientists have publicly condemned the invasion of ukraine. For this reason, it would not be right for them to also suffer international sanctions against their country.
Solidarity with Russian scientists
The letter which has just been published is signed by John Holdenfrom the University of Cambridge, Nina Feodorofffrom Pennsylvania State University, neal’s wayfrom Rice University, Nick Talbotfrom the Sainsbury’s Laboratory, and Toby Spribillefrom the University of Alberta.
They recall that there are currently many Russian scientists immersed in international projects. Due to international sanctions against Russia, many of them could lose your visa and return to your country. This would entail logical disadvantages for them, but also for the rest of the researchers who work with them in other countries.
For this reason, they ask that the possibility of including to Russian institutions and scientists in the sanctions imposed as retribution on Putin. The truth is that all this contrasts with the decisions taken by one of Russia’s most important scientific institutions: its space agency.
Since Roscosmosits manager, Dmitry Rogozin, has voluntarily broken off its collaboration on a large number of international projects. For the moment, he only seems to keep his role in the international space station. It is true that they first threatened to abandon the astronaut who must return to Earth on March 30 in a Soyuz spacecraft. However, he was denied that something like this was really going to be done and he made sure it was all just a joke.
Yes, they stopped their supply of rocket engines to NASA, they cut their ties with ESA before the launch of the ExoMars mission. They also removed rockets that would be used to power a batch of OneWeb satellites and stopped collaborating with Project Icarus, which uses an antenna on the Russian side of the European Space Agency to monitor animal movements on Earth. In addition, its staff has been withdrawn from Kourou European Spaceportin French Guiana.
These are also russian scientists. However, in their case, they are the ones who decided to break with international collaboration. What they hear in the letter that has just been published in Science is that those who condemn what happened in Russia are not paying for something they don’t even agree with. In short, it is expected that science will go its own way and disassociate itself from any conflict of war. Such are their wishes, now we will have to see what the answer is.
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