‘No future for us left in Russia,’ say fleeing academics

Just weeks into Russia’s war on Ukraine, academics are leaving the country, in what could be the beginning of a new brain drain.

Russian academics who have fled the country in recent weeks say there’s no future left for them there, amid a clampdown on free speech and severing of international ties.

Three scholars who spoke to Times Higher Education after fleeing their home country in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine could be the tip of a new brain drain, with Western sanctions also set to crush the Russian economy.

One academic, who spoke on condition of anonymity, had been leading a team at a top Moscow-based institution for a decade. Then, days after the war began on 24 February, he fled to Armenia, leaving behind his life and work.

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