To the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences
I have been informed of the project of restructuration of the Russian Academy of Sciences that is being elaborated by the political authorities of Russia, as well as of the serious opposition that this project meets within the scientific coummunity of Russia and of the RAS in particular.
As a foreign member of the RAS I fully support your protest for a reason of principle, that is, because I firmly believe that proposals for changing the status of scientific research in any country must be analyzed and discussed in collaboration with the scientific community itself. Considerations of pure political, social financial or administyrative nature cannot dictate the guidelines for the science policy of a whole country, especially if this country has such an enormous scientific prestige at the international level. I really hope that the Russian Government will rethink its position on this delicate and relevant matter.
Dr. Evandro Agazzi