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Open Letter From Russian-Speaking Academic Diaspora​

The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to a major humanitarian crisis. At the time of this writing, March 19, 2022, more than 3 million Ukrainians, including 1 million children, have fled to neighboring countries to escape the war. The remaining population of about 40 million is under direct attack. They need our immediate support!

Russian citizens who oppose the war are subject to arrest and persecution; over two hundred thousand are estimated to have already left their country. Many citizens of Belarus have left their own country for similar reasons.

The war has inflicted immeasurable pain on the scholarly community in Ukraine and devastation on Russian and Belarusian academics.

Support Displaced Ukrainian Students and Scholars​

In addition to offering moral support to our Ukrainian colleagues, we strive to provide them with access to laboratories and research centers across the globe. Some members of the international academic community have offered to host Ukrainian colleagues in their research facilities. The Russian academic diaspora has joined this effort, but more should be done. By supporting the careers of displaced students and scholars, we can take a tangible part in promoting the rapid rebuilding of post-war Ukraine and mitigating the socio-economic impacts of this war.

Emergency funding is needed to enable participating laboratories and research centers across the EU, US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and other countries to provide on-site and remote training and job opportunities for displaced students and scholars from Ukraine. Some have been displaced, together with their dependents and close relatives, young and old, and we need immediate solutions to keep their families together. Concerted efforts should be made without delay to create short and long-term fellowships and to provide visa support, rapid immigration procedures, and travel assistance.

Support Russian and Belarusian Students and Scholars

We need to distinguish between the sanctions on the Russian government and how we treat Russian students and scholars who oppose the war. The war in Ukraine is Putin’s war, not theirs. People in the sciences and the humanities have consistently opposed Putin’s repressive regime in multiple ways since long before the current events and many have taken a brave stance against the war. Anti-war protesters in Russia, mostly young professionals, are being arrested and can be imprisoned for up to 15 years under a recently enacted Russian law.

With the growing suppression of free speech in Russia and the impact of Western sanctions, anti-war Russian students and scholars are in double jeopardy. The same applies to Belarusian scholars suffering under the Lukashenko regime.

Some of these scholars remain in their countries; others have chosen to flee. We strongly encourage all our colleagues to keep their individual connections to Russian and Belarusian professionals who oppose the war but cannot leave the country for various reasons. As for those fleeing Russia and Belarus in fear of state persecution, they qualify for refugee status and need support from academe and governments.

We call on the international academic community to commit our time and effort to support Ukrainian, Russian, and Belarussian scholars affected by this war.​

Together we must help those in need to continue their work and education and ultimately build a better future for their countries and humankind. If you want to support the call made on behalf of the Russian-speaking academic diaspora, even if you do not speak Russian, you can add your signature using the google form: https://forms.gle/Bo2Ppa9Lgrr96sQf8.

  1. Natalia Berloff, mathematician, University of Cambridge, UK
  2. Michail Bezrodnyj, philologist, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  3. Alexandra Boltasseva, electrical engineer, Purdue University, USA
  4. Mark Borodovsky, computational biologist, Georgia Tech, USA
  5. Tatiana Bronich, chemist, Northeastern University, USA
  6. Dmitry Bykov, writer, Cornell University, USA
  7. Maria Chekhova, physicist, Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
  8. Leonid Chernomordik, biologist, National Institutes of Health, USA
  9. Yury Chernoff, biologist, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  10. Konstantin Chumakov, Director, Global Virus Network Center of Excellence, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA
  11. Alexander Dizhoor, neuroscientist, Salus University, USA
  12. Irina Dubinina, slavic scholar, Brandeis University, USA
  13. Igor Efimov, biophysicist, George Washington University, USA
  14. Grigori Enikolopov, neurobiologist, Stony Brook University, USA
  15. Sergei Erofeev, sociologist, Rutgers University, USA, Polish Institute of Advanced Studies, Poland
  16. Pavel Etingof, mathematician, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  17. Alexander Etkind, historian, European University, Italy
  18. Mikhail Epstein, cultural scholar, Emory University, USA
  19. Valery Fokin, chemist, University of Southern California, USA
  20. Andre Geim, physicist, University of Manchester, UK
  21. Vadim Gladyshev, biochemist, Harvard University, USA
  22. Yury Gogotsi, materials scientist, Drexel University, USA
  23. Dmitry Gordenin, geneticist, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
  24. Andrei Gudkov, oncology researcher, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, USA
  25. Sergei Guriev, economist, Sciences Po, Paris, France
  26. Olga Gursky, biophysicist, Boston University School of Medicine, USA
  27. Oleg Itskhoki, economist, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  28. Misha Ivanov, physicist, Max-Born Institute and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  29. Alexander Kabanov, chemist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  30. Mikhail Kats, applied physicist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  31. Mikhail Katsnelson, physicist, Radboud University, Netherlands
  32. Eugene Koonin, biologist, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, USA
  33. Dmitry Korkin, computational biologist, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
  34. Yury Korolev, mathematician, University of Cambridge, UK
  35. Igor Kramnik, immunologist, Boston University, USA
  36. Alex Krasnok, physicist, Florida International University, USA
  37. Anna Krichevsky, neurobiologist, Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA
  38. Andrei Linde, physicist, Stanford University, USA
  39. Mark Lipovetsky, philologist, Columbia University, USA
  40. Natalia Litchinitser, physicist, Duke University, USA
  41. Sergei Maslov, computational and systems biologist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  42. Olga Matich, philologist, University of California Berkeley, USA
  43. Ruslan Medzhitov, immunologist, Yale University, USA
  44. Igor Mel’čuk, linguist, Universite Quebec a Montreal, Canada
  45. Slava Mukhanov, physicist, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  46. Dmitry Murzin, chemical engineer, Abo Akademi University, Finland
  47. Mikhail Nikiforov, molecular biologist, Duke University, USA
  48. Konstantin Novoselov, physicist, National University of Singapore, USA
  49. Dmitri Orlov, aerospace engineer, University of California San Diego, USA
  50. Vadim Paperny, artist, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  51. Alexej Pashkin, physicist, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany
  52. Aneta Pavlenko, linguist, University of Oslo, Norway
  53. Pavel Pevzner, computational biologist, University of California, San Diego, USA
  54. Maria Polinsky, linguist, University of Maryland, USA
  55. Natalia Rapoport, chemist, University of Utah, USA
  56. Irina Rish, computer scientist, University of Montreal, and Mila – Quebec AI Institute, Canada
  57. Alexander Rudensky, immunologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA
  58. Roald Sagdeev, physicist, University of Maryland, USA
  59. Irina Sekerina, cognitive scientist, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
  60. Denis Seletskiy, physicist, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  61. Vladimir Shalaev, physicist, Purdue University, USA
  62. Dmitri N. Shalin, sociologist, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
  63. Stanislav Shvabrin, slavist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  64. Olga Smirnova, physicist, Max-Born Institute and Technical University, Berlin, Germany
  65. Konstantin Sonin, economist, University of Chicago, USA
  66. Svetlana Sukhishvili, materials scientist, Texas A&M University, USA
  67. Shamil Sunyaev, geneticist, Harvard University, USA
  68. Tatiana Tatarinova, computational biologist, University of La Verne, USA
  69. Vasily Temnov, physicist, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, France
  70. Dmitry Turchinovich, physicist, Bielefeld University, Germany
  71. Lyubov Titova, physicist, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
  72. Alexander Tropsha, computational chemist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  73. Vitaly Vanchurin, physicist, National Institutes of Health, USA
  74. Peter Vorobieff, mechanical engineer, applied mathematician, University of New Mexico, USA
  75. Tatiana Yankelevich Bonner, former director, Sakharov Program on Human Rights, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, USA
  76. Efim Zelmanov, mathematician, University of California, San Diego, USA
  77. Ariel Zhitnitsky, physicist, University of British Columbia, Canada
  78. Alexander Zholkovsky, philologist, University of Southern California, USA
  79. Andrei Zorin, Cultural Historian, University of Oxford, UK
  80. Roman Abel Postdoctoral Researcher for Psychology of Education Ruhr University Bochum Deutschland
  81. Fatimakhon Ahmedova Kandidat Phil.Nauk N/A UK
  82. Evgeny Akhmedov physicist Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik Germany
  83. Linar Akhmetzyanov MSCA postdoc researcher Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville Spain
  84. Anna Alexandrova Professor of philosophy University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  85. Maria Arbatskaya economics professor Emory University USA
  86. Vitaliy Avrutin Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Virginia Commonwealth University United States
  87. Stanislav Babak astrophysics CNRS France
  88. Andrey Bagrov Assistant professor of physics Radboud University Netherlands
  89. Yuri Bakhtin Professor of Mathematics Courant Institute, NYU USA
  90. Vladislav Balagura physicist LLR, CNRS / École polytechnique France
  91. Anna Baydova Curatorial fellow Bibliothèque nationale de France France
  92. Colleen Beck Physician Université Toulouse 3 France
  93. Vasily Belokurov astrophysicist University of Cambridge UK
  94. Helena Berezin Ph.D in psychology Private clinic Israel
  95. Alain Blanchard Professor of astrophysics Université Paul Sabatier France
  96. Jonathan Bobaljik Professor of Linguistics Harvard University United States
  97. Lena Borise linguist Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics Hungary
  98. Sergey Bozhevolnyi physicist University of Southern Denmark Denmark
  99. Dina Brun Linguist Southern Connecticut State University USA
  100. Sergey Budaev biologist University of Bergen Norway
  101. Nataliya Budaeva associate professor in biology University of Bergen, Norway Norway
  102. Pavel Cherkashin Investor in scientific research Mindrock Institute USA
  103. Anna Chrabaszcz psycholinguistics University of Pittsburgh United States
  104. GLATTLI Christian Physicist, Director of Research CEA Saclay FRANCE
  105. Carmen Codoñer professor of Latin Philology University of Salamanca Salamanca (Spain)
  106. Shay Covo Researcher of fungal genetics Hebrew U Israel
  107. Stephen Cowley Senior Lecturer in Mathematics University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  108. Marko Demantowsky Professor of Public History University of Vienna Austria
  109. Tim Dokchitser mathematician University of Bristol United Kingdom
  110. Yuri Dokshitzer physicist, DRHE emeritus CNRS, France Latvia
  111. Stanley Dubinsky Linguistics University of South Carolina United States
  112. ARTHUR Duhé politics Université Paris 8 France
  113. Mariia Dvoriashyna Research Associate University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  114. Stephen Eglen Professor of Computational Neuroscience University of Cambridge UK
  115. Kapitolina Fedorova Professor of Russian Studies Tallinn University Estonia
  116. William Fierman Professor Emeritus, Central Eurasian Studies Indiana University (Bloomington) United States
  117. Sergey Frolov professor in mathematics Trinity College Dublin Ireland
  118. Sofya Garushyants computational biologist National Library of Medicine, NIH USA
  119. Alexander Gasparian biologist University of South Carolina USA
  120. Vladimir Gelfand Professor of Cell Biology Northwestren University United States
  121. Siddharth Ghosh Research Fellow – Mathematical Physics University of Cambridge UK
  122. Richard Gill Professor of mathematics University of Leiden Netherlands
  123. Valeriy Ginzburg Polymer physicist Michigan State University United States
  124. Olzan Goldstein PhD in Physics and Mathematics Kaye Academic College of Education, Israel Israel
  125. Katherine Grayson Postdoc in mathematics University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  126. Olga Grechukhina Physician, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, OBGYN Yale University United States
  127. François Gueyffier professor of pharmacology University of Lyon 1 France
  128. Anna Guller experimental pathologist and biophysicist Macquarie University, Australia Australia
  129. Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter Independent scholar Independent scholar Germany
  130. Michael Hitrik Mathematician UCLA United States
  131. Herbert Huppert Professor of Theoretical Geophysics University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  132. Jean-Marc Idée Pharmacologist self-employed France
  133. Arieh Iserles Professor of Applied Mathematics University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  134. Sergei Iskakov physicist University of Michigan USA
  135. Maria Ivanova research scientist University of California Berkeley United States
  136. Natalia Ivanova Professor of Physics University of Alberta Canada
  137. Askold Ivantchik Historian CNRS France
  138. Oleksandra Ivashchenko Clinical Medical Physicist in Imaging Leiden University Medical Center Netherlands
  139. Andrey Kalinichev professor of chemistry Institut Mines-Télécom Atlantique France
  140. Georgy Kantor ancient historian University of Oxford United Kingdom
  141. Jean-Claude Kaplan Professor of medical molecular genetics (retired) UNIVERSITY OF PARIS (retired) France
  142. Darya Kavitskaya Associate Professor of Linguistics University of California Berkeley United States
  143. Alexander Kel CSO Genexplain GmbH Germany
  144. Adrian Kent Professor of Quantum Physics University of Cambridge U.K.
  145. Alexander Khitun Rsearch Professor University of California Riverside USA
  146. Dmitri Kireev Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States of America
  147. Anastasiia Klimashevskaia PhD candidate, computer science University of Bergen Norway
  148. Sergei Kopeikin Professor of astronomy University of Missouri USA
  149. Grigori Korchemsky physicist CNRS, Université Paris-Saclay France
  150. Natalia Korotkova microbiologist University of Kentucky USA
  151. Irina Kortchemski Professeur de mathématiques Université Paris-Cergy, CY Tech France
  152. Andrei Kotousov Professor of Mechanical Engieering The University of Adelaide Australia
  153. Igor Kovalchuk Professor of Biology University of Lethbridge Canada
  154. Olga Kovalchuk Professor, Biological Sciences University of Lethbridge Canada
  155. Dmitri Krioukov physicist Northeastern University United States
  156. Dina Kronhaus Wellcome Trust Research Fellow University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  157. Valentina Kuskova Director, Notre Dame AnalytiXIN site at Indianapolis University of Notre Dame USA
  158. Elena Kuzmin Assistant Professor, Department of Biology Concordia University Canada
  159. Elena Laricheva Assistant Professor of Chemistry Utah Valley University USA
  160. Jonas Latz Assistant Professor Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh United Kingdom
  161. Adrien Lefauve Researcher in Applied Mathematics University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  162. Martin Lenz Professor of Philosophy University of Groningen The Netherlands
  163. Vadim Levin geophysicist Rutgers University USA
  164. Alexander Ljubimov Professor of Medicine UCLA United States
  165. Maxim Lutikov, Professor of Physics, Purdue U, USA
  166. Herve Maisonneuve Public health physician Consultant France
  167. René Meyer Lecturer in Physics Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg Germany
  168. Sergiy Minko Professor of polymeric materials University of Georgia USA
  169. Vadym Mochalin Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering Missouri University of Science & Technology United States of America
  170. Nadia Moro High School Teacher (Humanities), former Assistant Professor Italian Ministry of Education. Previously: Higher School of Economics, Moscow Italy
  171. Olga Moroz Structural biologist University of York UK
  172. ERIC Naiman Professor of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures University of California, Berkeley United States
  173. Aliide Naylor Journalist & Author Freelance United Kingdom
  174. Gennady Nikitin postdoc University of Bergen Norway
  175. Irina Novikova Professor of physics William&Mary USA
  176. Maxim Olshanskii professor of mathematics University of Houston United States
  177. Alexander Osipov political scientist independent scholar Germany
  178. Winfried Peters Professor emeritus of Biology (Purdue University Fort Wayne) Washington State University, Pullman USA
  179. Olga Petrova Structural biologist IST Austria Austria
  180. Pyotr Platinov Professor of cardiology Lund University Sweden
  181. Ekaterina Pomerantseva materials scientist Drexel University USA
  182. Dmitry Ponomarev Postdoc Vienna University of Technology Austria
  183. Oleg Pronin Professor of laser technology Helmut Schmidt University Germany
  184. Tatiana Pyatina Naterials scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory United States
  185. Roman Rafikov Professor of Astrophysics University of Cambridge UK
  186. Julia Rashba-Step Scientist, pharmaceuticals Phosphorex United States
  187. Konstantin Ratcer film director nanofilmstudio (Los Angeles) USA
  188. Elena Reznik Teacher of German as a second language Internationaler Bund Germany
  189. Lara Ryazanova-Clarke linguist The University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
  190. Maria Sachkova Postdoc in Biology University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway Norway
  191. Andrei Sandomirskii Student of NSU BINP SB RAS Russia
  192. Rocco Santoro lead researcher – senior statistician University of Perugia Italy
  193. Elena Schmitt professor of Applied Linguistics Southern Connecticut State University United States
  194. Sergei Shandarin professor of Physics and Astronomy University of Kansas USA
  195. Irina Shilova Microbiology Second Genome USA
  196. Sergey Shugarov Researcher, astronomy, Dr. Slovakia, Academy of Sciences Slovakia
  197. Valentina Shumakova Postdoc, laser physics Technical University of Vienna Austria
  198. Anna Shvarts Researcher in mathematics education Utrecht University Netherlands
  199. Rostyslav Sipakov Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences Construction company United States
  200. Alexandre Smirnov biochemist CNRS France
  201. Kyrylo Snizhko physicist CEA Grenoble France
  202. Alexander Sobolev Professor of geochemistry University Grenoble Alpes France
  203. Nadia Sosnowsky-Waschek Professor of Psychology SRH University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg Germany
  204. Perla Sousi Professor of mathematics University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  205. John Sutton computer officer University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  206. Andrey Timokhin astrophysicist University of Zielona Gora Poland
  207. Irina Tiurikova PhD Candidate University of Bergen Norway
  208. Bilyana Tomova PhD student in Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge United Kingdom
  209. Natalia Tristan Head of European Service (scientific equipment) Quantum Design Europe Germany
  210. Maxim Tsarev physics, post-doc University of Konstanz Germany
  211. Natalia Tšuikina Assoc.prof.of Russian Tallinn University Estonia
  212. Vladimir Tsukruk Professor Georgia Tech USA
  213. Sergei Turitsyn professor Aston University Uk
  214. Arkady Vainshtein physicist, Professor Emeritus University of Minnesota US
  215. Stefano van Gogh PhD student Biomedical Engineering ETH Zurich Switzerland
  216. Dmytro Varavin PhD Construction Company USA
  217. Alexandre Varnek professor in theoretical chemistry University of Strasbourg France
  218. Petr Vetrov PhD, Electronic hardware designer DESY, Germany Germany
  219. Dmytro Volin Physics Uppsala University Sweden
  220. Mikhail Volkov physicist University of Konstanz Germany
  221. Peter Vorobieff Regents’ Professor and Associate Chair University of New Mexico USA
  222. Clive Wells Mathematician/Theoretical Physicist University of Cambridge (Hughes Hall) UK
  223. Vasily Yarnykh Professor of Radiology University of Washington United States
  224. Oleh Yermakov physicist V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University Ukraine
  225. Gleb Yushin professor of materials science Georgia Institute of Technology USA
  226. Kirill Zatrimaylov Theoretical physicist Freelance researcher (PhD from Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) Италия
  227. Alexander Zholents Scientist Argonne National Laboratory US
  228. Sergei Shandarin USA professor of Physics and Astronomy University of Kansas USA
  229. Guenakh Mitselmakher USA Professor of Physics University of Florida USA
  230. Michel Goossens France Honorary professor of genetics Retired France
  231. Kirill Chepurin Germany Doctoral student Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
  232. Dmitry Sushkov Estonia DBA Aviation, maintenance technology Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA Estonia
  233. Nikita Latynov Россия Engineer Mobile Clinics, ltd Россия
  234. Alex Gurevich USA physicist Old Dominion University USA
  235. Sergei Shandarin professor of Physics and Astronomy University of Kansas USA
  236. Guenakh Mitselmakher Professor of Physics University of Florida USA
  237. Michel Goossens Honorary professor of genetics Retired France
  238. Kirill Chepurin Doctoral student Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
  239. Nina Kazanina Psychology University of Bristol United Kingdom
  240. Leonid Zhigilei materials scientist University of Virginia United States
  241. Vera Serganova Professor of mathematics UC Berkeley United States
  242. Сергей Аведисов биолог США
  243. Станислав Станских Конституционалист США
  244. Olga Shishkina mathematician, physicist Germany
  245. Alexander Zholents Physicist USA
  246. Полина Мещерякова Биолог Россия
  247. Рамиль Хуснутдинов Фармацевт, молекулярный биолог Россия
  248. Mark Berenfeld PhD, chemist USA
  249. Оксана Бондаренко Экономист Россия
  250. Мария Булычева Экономист США
  251. Феликс Израйлев физик Мексика
  252. Алексей Орлов Физик США
  253. Алина Самарская химик Польша
  254. Александра Жернакова генетик Нидерланды
All signatories have signed as private individuals. Published on March 20, 2022  Protect Scholars!