The same applies to the so-called collective guilt of Russian scientists. Our colleague has already addressed this issue in a more general formulation.
Projecting these theses onto the object under study, let us pay attention to the fact that in the first post-February articles published in the West
, the imperative of a total cessation of cooperation with Russian scientists is postulated until the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine. And, perhaps then some time after it. Such a long-term ultimatum. On a personal level, communication is still acceptable, whereas on an institutional level, no, no, no.
At the same time, it was emphasised that, they say, among the Russians involved in science, there are also very decent, agreeable people. But they should be “ardent opponents of the regime”, who have already suffered and continue to suffer from it. Therefore, a temporary “ignorance” on the part of the “sanctioners” is unlikely to aggravate their existing plight, and in the long run, even improve their condition or put an end to their suffering. Those who somehow show loyalty are to blame. Yes, and in principle, what’s to be said about them.
Returning to our metaphor, a foreign trolley is rushing towards both types of scientists. One is trying to climb onto the platform. Others cut off their arms and legs. What’s next? The descendants of the Cartesian tribe will understand and forgive. After all, in general, no one is free from guilt, as the anarchist slogan once said.
In further specialised articles, a little vinegar (specificity) and a little pepper (scepticism) were added. In such a way that the authors feel better, and the leadership that guards the discipline does not particularly notice.
If we’re to summarise, as foreign contractors like to do, everything is not so simple. In some areas (for example, in medicine and virology), cooperation is possible and, moreover, vital. Otherwise, everyone will feel very bad. These areas, in contrast to space research, which, according to analysts
, are still toxic and have nothing to do with politics. Accordingly, local boycotts and blockades are not capable of altering the determination of Russia’s leaders.
Well, let's hope that at least the emerging trend will continue. Tirades about Vladimir Putin, which are clearly present in the vast majority of materials on the topic, will be replaced by a calmer tone, and a constructive one albeit minimal, but constructive. And if the sanctions trolleys are not decommissioned, then at least they will stand next to an armoured train on a side-track. Which is where they belong.