Despite High-Profile Pardon, Russia Continues Scrutiny of Academics

The Kremlin appears to be in a forgiving mood.

Russia recently pardoned the oil baron turned activist Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky and other prominent critics of President Vladimir V. Putin in a move widely seen as an attempt to mollify international criticism on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. But at least one university remains tied up in a scandal connected to Mr. Khodorkovsky­—and there are few signs of its abating.

Several professors at the Higher School of Economics here are under investigation for their alleged roles in what is known as the “case of experts.” The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the equivalent of the FBI, has accused them of illegally receiving funds to lobby on behalf of Mr. Khodorkovsky, who was in prison on charges of fraud and other crimes; others contend he was a political prisoner.

The case has placed the university at the center of what some Russians see as an effort by Mr. Putin to quiet academics who speak out against government policies. <Read more.>

Via Anna Nemtsova, The Chronicle of Higher Education.