President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev decided to withdraw his candidacy from the election of the head of the academy According to TASS and MK, the acting president of the academy of sciences made such a decision at the last moment. On September 19, the academician must announce this at the general meeting. Now the main candidates are Academicians Krasnikov and Markovich
The current president of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Alexander Sergeev, may withdraw his candidacy from the election of a new head of the RAS, TASS reports, citing several sources close to the academician. MK writes about this with reference to a source in the academy.
“Alexander Mikhailovich plans tomorrow [September 19] during a general meeting dedicated to the election of a new head of the Russian Academy of Sciences, to announce the withdrawal of his candidacy from the vote. It is likely that this will happen in the first half of the day after the report on the activities of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2017-2022,— said one of the interlocutors of the agency. According to another source, Sergeyev made this decision “literally within the last two days.”
According to “MK” referring to “unofficial sources”, on Sunday, September 18, around noon, the academician “unexpectedly made a decision” refuse to participate in elections. According to the publication, Academician-Secretary of the Department of Physical Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ivan Shcherbakov notified 40 colleagues by e-mail that on Monday Sergeev would announce his decision at the opening of the general meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Two other contenders for the post of head of the RAS— General Director of JSC “Research Institute of Molecular Electronics” Academician Gennady Krasnikov and Director of the FGBUN Institute of Thermal Physics named after A.I. S.S. Kutateladze SB RAS, Academician Dmitry Markovich— confirmed to the newspaper their participation in the elections.
The press service of the Russian Academy of Sciences declined to comment.
The election of the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences is to be held at a general meeting of members of the Academy on September 20. The government approved Sergeev, Markovich and Krasnikov as candidates in early September. The candidacy of Academician Robert Nigmatulin was not approved there.
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According to the current charter of the RAS, the presidium includes the president, vice-presidents, as well as no more than 80 academicians elected by the general meeting.
The head of the RAS is elected from among the full members of the academy by the general meeting.
In July 2017, the State Duma adopted amendments to the rules for electing the leadership of the academy. To elect the head of the RAS and other members of the presidium since then, a majority of votes has been required (previously, 2/3 of the votes were enough). The head of the academy is approved by the President of Russia, and candidates for this post (at least two) must be agreed with the government.
Members of the RAS Presidium are elected for five years.
The last time the next elections of the presidium were to be held in March 2017, but then at the last moment all the candidates for the post of head of the academy— Academician Vladimir Fortov, then head of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academicians Vladislav Panchenko and Alexander Makarov— withdrew their candidacies, explaining this by the need to develop a new regulation. Because of this, the elections were postponed until autumn, and the powers of the old composition, except for Fortov, were extended. Academician Valery Kozlov became acting head of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
As a result, the election of the leadership of the Russian Academy of Sciences took place on September 25-28 of the same year. Seven scientists applied for the presidency (two candidates— academician Aleksey Khokhlov and academician Valery Chereshnev—subsequently the government did not agree).
Sergeev received the majority of votes & mdash; 681. The remaining votes were distributed as follows: Evgeniy Kablov— 152, Krasnikov— 269, Nigmatulin— 276, Vladislav Panchenko— 204 (invalid ballots — 14). Since no one received more than half of the total number of votes, a second round was called. As a result, Sergeev was elected President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1045 votes against 412 for Nigmatulin). Then President Vladimir Putin confirmed him in office.
In early July, the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in an interview with RBC, in response to the remark that he was criticized for being “a somewhat opportunistic president”, “is very cautious” and stands for interaction with the authorities, confirmed that he adheres to a consensus with the authorities, without which, in his opinion, it will not be possible to develop science in the country. “Because science is mainly supported from the state budget. When we do not reach an agreement in understanding how this science is organized, further protest movements or insults do not lead to anything good. I have remained in this position and will continue to offer it, it leads to a normal result, — he answered the critics.
Answering the question whether he allows scientists to speak out as corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences or academicians on issues related to politics, including the Russian military operation, Sergeev urged not to “flaunt that you are a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences” and “not to substitute” ; academy. “It is normal to express a civil position, moreover, unfortunately, now very many do not speak out, but rather remain silent. But do not substitute RAS & mdash; this is not a public organization, an academy— it is a state organization, a state function,»,— he noted.
In his opinion, scientists should be able to express their opinion, but it all depends on the form in which they do it. “If this form contains words offensive to the authorities, I believe that this should not be done categorically. Not only in relation to the authorities, but also in relation to other public institutions and people, — explained the academician.
To the remark that he himself is a member of the July 1 club, and previously signed appeals to draw attention to certain problems, the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences replied: “I really joined the July 1 club” in 2013, when a new law on the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences was being discussed. Club “July 1” was a club that expressed the interests of the scientific community in a matter related to such a sudden adoption of a new law on the RAS. To the club «July 1» you can enter, but you can never leave it.
Club “July 1” — an informal community of academicians and corresponding members of the Russian Academy of Sciences who opposed the reform of the Academy of Sciences proposed in the summer of 2013 by Dmitry Livanov, then Minister of Education and Science. RAS wanted to be abolished, academic institutes — partially transferred to the newly created government “Agency of Scientific Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences”, partially — to other departments, and partially eliminated. This, according to scientists, would be destructive for Russian science. As a result, the scientific community managed to defend the RAS.
In early September, against the backdrop of cases of criminal prosecution of scientists, the academician proposed the formation of a permanent analytical body to interact with law enforcement agencies. “We are intelligentsia, probably, it would be possible with us not so harshly, not necessarily with submachine gunners,” — Sergeev said.
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