Russian officials say new restrictions on scientists contacting foreign colleagues are only ‘recommendations’

Early in the day on August 14, reports emerged that Russia’s Science and Education Ministry had issued an order establishing strict reporting requirements for foreign visitors at the Ministry’s subordinate institutions, which center on the natural sciences but include other fields as well. The new order also regulates meetings between Russian scholars and their foreign colleagues, requiring the latter to surrender any “recording or copying devices,” among other restrictions.