APPEAL of the Association of Marxist Alliances, Of the Social Movement «Alternativy» and Regional Affiliation of the Left Front (SPb) to the Communist and Socialist parties and associations, civic movements and initiative groups of Russia

In early July, the Council of SPb RO АМA called on all the left wing movements and parties to render all the possible support to the struggle waged by the scientists for cancellation of the law bill of ‘’reforming’’ the Russian Academy of Sciences and other academies initiated by the government, the said law in fact able to result in annihilating not only these academies but also the entire Russian science, and then the entire country, as a consequence. The Appeal made by the Council has been the Executive Committee of the SPb RO LF, Alternativy Social Movement, other left and civil organizations and activists. Taking into account the actions, which in July and August were undertaken and are going to be undertaken by the scientific community, and taking into account that the ruling political establishment don’t intend to make any concessions, we propose  that efforts of the left wingers be concentrated on mobilization of the working people in support of the Russian science, their vested interests and interests of the Fatherland, and that we call them for participation in the all Russian meeting in the defense of the Russian Academy of Science scheduled for early September and in other actions. We also deem it necessary to appeal to the General Meeting of the Russian Academy of Science, to the leaders and steering bodies of the other academies, to the scientific community of the country with the Open Letter with a suggestion to the scientific community of submitting demands to President, Government and State Duma of the RF, which would enable to provide for the Russian science and education to survive and make faster progress as well as create all the necessary and sufficient conditions for such progress and defense of the working people’s interests and national interests, and also enhance national security.

The state authorities are pursuing their policies exceptionally in favor of meeting their own interests, not in favor of most Russian citizens and the whole country. The state authorities are not willing and don’t intend to follow the voice of common citizens, take seriously their vested interests and rights. That is why people don’t have anything else to do rather than make an effort of their own to implement real, not fictitious reforms. The SPb RO АМA and «Alternativy» Movement call on all the left wing parties and movements to join in the civil campaign for such progressive transformation in all the areas of social, political and cultural activities.

In order to coordinate actions aimed at enhancing this campaign, the RO LF, SPb RO АМA and «Alternativy» Movement are to set up an interim working committee for all those positive to this Appeal to join in.

 

 

Appendixes:

1. Open Letter to the Russian citizens.

2. Draft of the Open Letter to the General Meeting of the Russian Academy of Science, to the managing bodies of other academies, to the scientific community of the country

3. Draft of the Open Letter to President of the RF, Chairperson of the government of the RF, State Duma of the RF.

 

August, 29, 2013

 

 

To the Citizens of Russia

 

Over longer than twenty years, despite the loud spoken statements and promises, the ruling elite and the executive and legislative powers controlled by the elite, including the government, are persistently pursuing the policy which has resulted in degradation and desolation in almost all the areas of social, economic, cultural and political activities of the country, unprecedented corruption and «privatization», including ever new facts of horrendous embezzlement, permanent catastrophes and accidents, disastrous degradation of the biggest part of the population, stripping of any real opportunities for our countrymen to improve their living through their own decent effort, their loss of any hope for a better future, brining down the country to the rank of not only second class or third class but to the rank of the lowest class. The failures of almost all the previous reforms ever initiated by the Government or President in the areas of the pension systems, public health, housing and communal services and education, as well as the national security system, never-ending bummers and «bugs», and at last, the attempt of hasty « reforms » of the Russian Academy of Sciences, aimed in reality at obliteration of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russian science on the whole- all this has proven that the power bodies are pursuing policies meeting their own interests, but not the interests of most people of the entire country. The state power is unwilling and does not intend to follow the voice of common citizens, take seriously their vested interests and rights. That is why people don’t have anything else to do rather than make an effort of their own to implement real, not fictitious reforms in the interests of most people.

The parties and civil movements that have signed in this Open Letter, are beginning a civil campaign for implementing such reforms in all the areas of social, political and cultural activities, as well as reforming science and education. We are calling on everyone who think Russian science, their own well being and future, flourishing Fatherland to be dear to them to participate in the all Russian meeting in defense of the Russian Academy of Sciences in early September and other actions putting forward the following demands to the ruling establishment:

1. Recall the governmental law bill from the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

2. Submit an alternative law bill on reforming the Russian Academy of Science elaborated by Russian scientists for hearing at the State Duma of the RF.

3. Commit the Russian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with other scientific organizations and with assistance of non governmental organizations to elaborate within a three months time a law bill aimed at reforming the entire Russian science and education, taking as the basis the draft of RAS reforming developed by the scientists. Pass this law bill after subjecting it to a wide public debate until the end of 2013.

4. Propose the RAS, in collaboration with other scientific organizations and with assistance of public and non governmental organizations that a set of propositions (reforms) be elaborated within one year (by September, 2014) aimed at transformation to meet the interests of the working people and most people of the country and national interests in the economic, social, political and cultural areas. Demand that law bills elaborated on the basis of these propositions be submitted for review in the State Duma of the RF after a wide public debate is held until the end of 2014.

 

Association of Marxist Alliances

Social Movement «Alternativy»

Regional Organization of the Left Front (Saint Petersburg)

… (open for signing)

 

 

Open Letter

To the General Meeting of the Russian Academy of Science, steering bodies of other academies, scientific researchers of the country

 

It is clear for all the sensible people that any reform of the Russian Academy of Science, not to mention reforming the entire system of science and education, can result in something positive for science, society and country on the whole provided that the necessary and sufficient conditions are in place in society, economy, in the social, political and other areas of activities, which enable the new knowledge, inventions and innovations to be demanded and be of considerable and tangible use to society. It is impossible and useless to try reforming science and education in an environment where neither modern science nor modern education have any chances to survive. If the state and society really strive to have an efficient and, what is more, perfect impact made by science, and if they are ready to do something to this end, they themselves shall meet all those requirements to the state and society any state and society shall meet provided science and education thrive in such a society. That is why we need to see such radical transformations in the economic, social, political and other areas that are likely to create this environment favorable for science and education to rapidly and efficiently evolve; and having such transformations implemented we are likely to see the basis for real modernization of the country in the shortest time possible.

The General Meeting of the Russian Academy of Science, steering bodies of other academies, all those involved scientific researchers and scholars could help in implementing such transformations in the best interests of Russian science and country, by determining those necessary actions that are necessary to be undertaken in the said areas, to make reforming the Russian Academy of Science, Russian scientific community and education successful, and propose the following to the upper executive and legislative power bodies.

1. Recall the governmental law bill from the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

2. Submit an alternative law bill on reforming the Russian Academy of Science elaborated by Russian scientists for hearing at the State Duma of the RF.

3. Commit the Russian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with other scientific organizations and with assistance of non governmental organizations to elaborate within a three months time a law bill aimed at reforming the entire Russian science and education, taking as the basis the draft of RAS reforming developed by the scientists. Pass this law bill after subjecting it to a wide public debate until the end of 2013.

4. Propose the RAS, in collaboration with other scientific organizations and with assistance of public and non governmental organizations that a set of propositions (reforms) be elaborated within one year (by September, 2014) aimed at transformation in order to meet the interests of the working people and most people of the country and national interests in the economic, social, political and cultural areas. Demand that law bills elaborated on the basis of these propositions be submitted for review in the State Duma of the RF after a wide public debate is held until the end of 2014

September, 4, 2013

 

Association of Marxist Alliances

Social Movement «Alternativy»

Regional Organization of the Left Front (Saint Petersburg)

… (open for signing)

 

Open Letter

To President of the RF

To Chairperson of Government of the RF

To the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the RF

 

Dear Mister President, Dear Mister Prime Minister, Dear Deputies,

Despite the fact that the debate held by the Russian scientists and other concerned Russian citizens over the governmental project of reforming the three Academies has more than conclusively demonstrated that most scientists and those who have been involved in the debate consider the governmental law bill to be strongly unacceptable as the one that is likely to cause a direct and irreparable damage to both the Russian science and interests of most Russian citizens and national security of Russia in case if that bill is finally passed and enforced;

And also despite that fact that the Russian scientists have elaborated several alternative conceptions of reforming science connected activities, including the Russian Academy of Science,  with one of those conceptions, upon having been preliminarily scrutinized, shall be laid down as the basis for a new law bill and its further implementation upon a wide public debate,

You have expressed no intention to follow any opinion except your own, and given that you have never considered or take seriously the vested rights and interests of common citizens, who have been turned actually into powerless and voiceless passport holders, and given that you don’t intend to abandon the so called reform of the Russian Academy of Science and other academies, resorting to any means. In regard to the scientists, a deliberate, persistent and purposeful policy of ‘’stick and carrot’’ has been pursued. The Academicians have been promised double academic stipends and other ‘’bonuses’’ in exchange for their consent to the governmental reform, and the rest have been given promises some vaguely higher salaries and better working conditions. In fact, there are no guarantees that the ‘’reforms’’ are going to result in the scientists becoming former scientists and in their seeing not only any opportunity to be involved in scientific studies in the favor of the country go, but also see any means of living disappear . At the same time, silent blandishments and bullying are practiced. The academic institutions are still exposed to a universal and extraordinary ‘’inspection’’ of everything and everybody being waged by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation on some unknown legal grounds.

All the conventional legal and peaceful ways of stopping somehow the mocked reform of science and prevent a national catastrophe, which is inevitably to follow it sooner or later, have practically been used up. In these extraordinary conditions, and in the conditions of an epidemic all pervasive fear and indifference, there is nothing else to do as to announce openly what is going on, and those who bear full responsibility for the ongoing events what they deserve.

One of the scientists, on the third day after the decision was taken by the Government of the RF to submit Law Bill № 305828-6 «On the Russian Academy of Science, Reorganization of State Academies of Sciences and on Amending Individual Legal Acts of the Russian Federation » to the Sate Duma of the RF, wrote in his Internet blog:

«Russian citizens should know – it is not about reorganization of one of the departments of the ministry started by the wise government, it is about annihilation of the main component of the Russian statehood – science which in today’s world is more important than the army, courts, elections and even the Constitution. The Constitution can be written anew, new courts can be summoned, Duma can be reelected – to their good; however, science is irreplaceable and non recoverable. The Russian ace in the hole in today’s world is being taken away from her by small scale, temporary workers like Medvedev, Livanov and Burmatov, whose intellect and honesty are widely known. […]

Hitler from his grave is applauding the current leaders and persecutors of science. He also disliked those egg headed scientists, who think themselves to be more superior than the fuehrers. Besides, he also dreamed of annihilating Russia. […]

I caution those involved in the ongoing murder of Russia’s last scientific potential – that all their clandestine motives and instigators are likely soon or later to emerge and become known – and the Russian people are sure to anathematize the destroyers of its state.

You are likely to go down in history together with Erostratus, your children are likely to be ashamed of you and adopt other people’s names» (Anti State Black Sabbath in Russia // http://don-beaver.livejournal.com/121878.html 06:15 pm June 30th, 2013).

Luckily, he is abroad now and can not be apprehended and brought to Basmanny court for what he has written.

Luckily, you still have an opportunity to act in such a way that his admonition stay an admonition and not a prophecy of historical importance.

 

September, 6, 2013

 

Association of Marxist Alliances

Social Movement «Alternativy»

Regional Organization of the Left Front (Saint Petersburg)

… (open for signing)