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Boycott of Russian institutions

Western research centers are cutting scientific ties with Russia in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The movement began with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which in February ended an 11-year cooperation agreement with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow. The European Commission also expelled Russia from its biggest research and innovation program, Horizon Europe, and the 23 member states of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) suspended Russia’s observer status. Other institutions were more cautious. The International Astronomical Union rejected a request by Ukrainian astronomers to ban Russians from participating in its activities. The advocacy organization Universities UK advised its members to review collaborations with Russia on a case-by-case basis (Science, March 8).