The consequences of political dictatorship for Russian science

  title={The consequences of political dictatorship for Russian science},
  author={Valery N. Soyfer},
  journal={Nature Reviews Genetics},
  • V. Soyfer
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Education
  • Nature Reviews Genetics
The Soviet communist regime had devastating consequences on the state of Russian twentieth century science. Country Communist leaders promoted Trofim Lysenko — an agronomist and keen supporter of the inheritance of acquired characters — and the Soviet government imposed a complete ban on the practice and teaching of genetics, which it condemned as a “bourgeois perversion”. Russian science, which had previously flourished, rapidly declined, and many valuable scientific discoveries made by… 
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