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MOSCOW, July 5 (Itar-Tass) - Lawyers of the Russian Academy of Sciences have started working on a lawsuit against the forthcoming reorganization of the Russian Academy of Sciences. But Russian Minister of Science and Education Dmitry Livanov believes that the lawsuit does not stand a chance.
"The lawsuit does not have a future. The government acted in compliance with its own regulations and the existing laws,” Livanov said on Friday.
The minister added that the reform had just got under way. “We are going to discuss the bill jointly with the scientific community soon. The main topics on the agenda include the organization of work for scientists, finances, personnel schemes, the foundation of new institutes and mechanisms of their self-government,” Livanov emphasized.
Earlier on Friday, it had become known that the lawyers of the Russian Academy of Sciences were preparing a collective lawsuit which they would officially send to the Constitutional Court in the course of a month. The academicians want to appeal against the government-initiated reform, which as they claim, is aimed at liquidation of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russian science in general.
Sixty people have already agreed to put their signatures under the appeal and their number keeps rising.