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The quiet game: How scientists in Siberia tried to conceal pollution research

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The quiet game: How scientists in Siberia tried to conceal pollution research
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Last month, the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences decided to withhold public access to new research on atmospheric and soil pollution in cities throughout the region. The discussion about burying the “alarmist” report was streamed on YouTube, however, and the academy’s effort to purge the footage from the Internet only drew the public’s attention.

To try to understand why a group of prestigious scientists would question open-source data about pollution levels in Siberia, Meduza turned to science writer Elia Kabanov and physicist and environmentalist Yaroslav Nikitenko. (Please note that Nikitenko refers to the Russian Academy of Sciences at one point in the show as a federal agency. In fact, the academy is now a federal budget organization. Meduza apologizes for the confusion.)

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Background

No right to rock the vote Scientists in Siberia decide to conceal pollution research ahead of September’s elections, fearing a ‘political bombshell’

Background

No right to rock the vote Scientists in Siberia decide to conceal pollution research ahead of September’s elections, fearing a ‘political bombshell’

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Music — Victor Davydov

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