Beleaguered institution cancels presidential election two days before vote, and appoints acting chief.
Photo: A meeting at the Russian Academy of Sciences left scientists reeling after all three candidates for its presidential election, including the incumbent president Vladimir Fortov (centre), pulled out.
By Olga Dobrovidova for Nature, Mar 27, 2017
Academics at Russia’s premier science body have been left shocked and confused after an election that was supposed to determine the new president of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) was cancelled at the last minute.
The three candidates — including incumbent president Vladimir Fortov — pulled out on 20 March, just two days before the election was scheduled to happen. Three days later, the Russian government appointed academy vice-president Valery Kozlov, who had not planned to stand in the election, as acting leader.
The reasons for the candidates’ withdrawal remain mysterious. But the events are just the latest upheaval at an organization still grappling to come to terms with reforms that began four years ago.
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