Chronicles of persecution of scientists

T-invariant and CISRUS launched a chronicle of violations of the rights and freedoms of scientists and teachers

Dismissals, fines, stigmatization, criminal proceedings, torture – all this awaits in Russia those who try to tell the truth, oppose war, protect peace, criticize the authorities, or simply do their academic and pedagogical work honestly. Behind every dry administrative or criminal report lies a human drama. The whole world should know about it.

T-invariant and the center CISRUS will work together to document the persecution of academics in Russia for as long as it continues. If you have witnessed or been the target of academic harassment, please contact us at [email protected].

The chronicle records violations of the rights and freedoms of scientists and teachers as citizens of the Russian Federation, as well as violations of their academic rights and freedoms by the management of their scientific institution.


Svetlana Drugoveyko-Dolzhanskaya. On September 29, 2023, a meeting of the St. Petersburg State University Ethics Commission was held. The Commission received an appeal from Vice-Rector for Legal Affairs Yu. V. Penov with a request to provide an ethical assessment of the actions and behavior of the senior teacher of the Russian Language Department S. V. Drugoveyko-Dolzhanskaya. The commission came to the conclusion “that the actions of S. V. Drugoveyko-Dolzhanskaya are incompatible with the status of a university student at St. Petersburg State University.”

Boris Kagarlitsky. July 26, 2023 The Syktyvkar City Court arrested sociologist and political scientist Boris Kagarlitsky (recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation in 2018) for two months on charges of calls for terrorism.
On September 21, 2023, by decision of the Syktyvkar court, the deadline was extended until November 24, 2023.
On September 26, 2023, the Savyolovsky Court of Moscow fined Boris Kagarlitsky (included in the list of terrorists and extremists) 40 thousand rubles for not identifying a foreign agent in his publications.

Dmitry Ivanov. On June 2, 2022, Dmitry Ivanov was accused of  “dissemination of defamatory information about the Russian military based on political hatred”,  says “Protest Moscow State University” telegram channel. On March 7, 2023, Dmitry Ivanov was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison charged under the criminal article on disseminating “fakes” about the Russian army (Part 2 of Article 207.3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

Valery Golubkin. The case against Valery Golubkin was opened on April 12, 2021, on the same day he was arrested and sent to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. Physicist, employee of the Zhukovsky Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI), MIPT professor Valery Golubkin was accused of treason. Golubkin categorically denied his guilt. On June 26, 2023, the Moscow City Court sentenced Valery Golubkin to 12 years in a maximum security prison. The trial took place behind closed doors, since the materials of the criminal case are classified. The scientist insisted on his innocence.

Andrey Boyarshinov. On September 20, 2023, the next hearing on the case took place. As the telegram channel Svoboda reports to Andrey Boyarshinov, the court interrogated witnesses. The court extended Boyarshinov’s detention in the pre-trial detention center until December 27.


Alexey Vorobyov. February 15, 2019; sentence to 20 years in a maximum security colony; Moscow Aviation Institute
Alexander Lukanin. September 30, 2020; sentence to 7.5 years in a maximum security colony; Tomsk State University

Chronicles 2022-2023

Хроники 2022-2023