Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky’s dissertation defense records are stored at a fictional archive
Russia’s Culture Ministry has rejected a request by Higher Attestation Commission member Sergey Mironenko to see a copy of Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky’s dissertation.
Mironenko says he decided to investigate Medinsky’s case after learning that there might be problems with his dissertation defense. Ministry officials initially told Mironenko that the dissertation is stored at a nonexist archive. When he challenged this claim, the official apparently said he needed to speak to his supervisors, and then disconnected his phone.
Correction: an earlier version of this text incorrectly identified Vladimir Medinsky as Russia's education minister. He is, in fact, of course, Russia's culture minister. Meduza apologizes for the mistake.