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Review
. 2001 Sep;2(9):723-9.
doi: 10.1038/35088598.

The Consequences of Political Dictatorship for Russian Science

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The Consequences of Political Dictatorship for Russian Science

V N Soyfer. Nat Rev Genet. .

Abstract

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 leading Russian geneticists were forgotten.

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