Embattled Russian higher education commission refuses to hear report on falsified dissertations

The Commission to Combat the Falsification of Scholarly Research, which operates within the Russian Academy of Science (RAN), spent six months preparing a report on academic integrity violations in academic dissertations only to have the Higher Attestation Commission (VAK) refuse to hear the results. RAN representatives had planned to present their findings on June 28, the same day the VAK was scheduled to review a dissertation some academics said had been plagiarized. VAK Presidium member Anna Dybo said that Vladimir Filippov, the head of the VAK, refused to let the RAN academics into the hearing room on the grounds that “we are scholars, not investigators.” However, it is one of the VAK’s primary duties to review completed dissertations for academic integrity violations.

St. Petersburg investigators open criminal case to investigate police torture of local teenager

The St. Petersburg Investigative Committee has opened a police overreach case that could carry sentences of up to 10 years in prison after local officers circulated a photograph of a 17-year-old’s battered face. The human rights center Zona Prava, which is representing the young man who was beaten, told Meduza that investigators believe unnamed police officers beat the victim using their batons.

Amid heightened women’s activism, police open criminal case to investigate beating and harassment in central Moscow

The Moscow police have initiated a criminal case to investigate an incident in which two men beat and harassed a woman in central Moscow on the night of June 27. The case comes amid a wave of heightened advocacy surrounding violence against women following the final arraignment of the Khachaturyan sisters, who killed their father to escape years of constant abuse.

Investigation Ivan Golunov submitted shortly before arrest published in more than 30 outlets internationally

A range of outlets in Europe and the United States joined Meduza in publishing Ivan Golunov’s latest investigative piece, an exposé of the Moscow funeral industry and its ties to high-ranking FSB officials. Golunov submitted a draft of the investigation to his editor just hours before he was arrested on fabricated drug charges. After a massive public campaign helped trigger his release, Golunov worked with colleagues from seven Russian publications to complete the article.