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A New Tactics of the Authorities: Expelling Disloyal Students

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Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) published a letter (in Russian) they’d received from the police with lists of students arrested at the Dissenters’ March on December 14. The police called these students extremists and demanded that the universities “eliminate circumstances that made such violations possible and decide on the need to continue educating abovementioned students”. Simply speaking, the police demanded to expel these students from the university.

HSE, which is known for its liberal and quite independent stance, claimed that it wouldn’t expel anyone because all the students are at good standing and such demands are illegal. However, all of the students in the list had to write some reports for the dean and their case will be examined by a special commission. By the way, I myself graduated from HSE last year and they helped me out many times when I got arrested or detained at Dissenters’ Marches and at other occasions. It is probably the only remaining institution in Moscow where having your personal point of view is encouraged, not punished.

The problem is, however, that HSE wasn’t obviously the only place where the police sent such letters. But it was the only university to protest. We can only guess (or wait and see) what others will do.

Written by Oleg Kozlovsky

January 29, 2009 at 10:23

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