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Russia's Universities are Packed with Liberals Who Want to Destroy Her

It's high time for a house-cleaning

This article from our archives was first published on RI in August 2015

The author is one of the most prominent economists in Russia.  He calls for a thorough change of personnel at two of the country's most important universities - the Higher School of Economics, and the Moscow State University School of Journalism.

This article originally appeared at the Russian magazine Kultura.  It was translated by Kristina Rus at the Fort Rus website.

The other day there was an article online about the scandal with admissions to the school of journalism at Moscow State University. Grades are lowered, it is practically impossible to get a fair resolution, but the main bombshell is - applicants are tested for political loyalty. And the examiners consider trustworthy not the supporters of the current political course, but the opposite — those who adhere to explicitly oppositional views.

Personally, having once attended a School of Young Journalist at the MGU school of journalism, it was a shock to learn that it has become a pipeline for instilling hostility towards Russia under the guise of "journalistic professionalism". While great people are teaching there, who genuinely suffer from the destruction of education during the liberal reforms and from the need to teach students the high school curricula during the first year.

I think the root of the problem in the understanding of journalistic professionalism as the a priori hostility to the government. Many of my colleagues drew attention to the fact that the MGU school of journalism, as in many other places (especially the Higher School of Economics, where the notorious Albats used to be a professor), students have been persistently hammered into their heads: if you want to be journalists, you must be in opposition. If a student suddenly notices something good done by the current government, you hear a wild outcry: "get out of the profession." And they talk about "government" in general, but in fact refer specifically to the Russian government. 

The well-known American maxim that "everyone is entitled to their own opinion but nobody is entitled to their own facts" is completely shattered. For the sake of nurturing hatred to your own state and native country the students are taught to deny reality and to create "their own facts".

Thus, the journalists, tomorrow's masters of public opinion, from the start are turned into enemies of not a particular state with all of its vices, but the Russian statehood as such.

Such education once again reveals the focus of the liberal clan on a systematic destruction of Russia. Because hostility of a critically important part of the youth towards the foundation of the existence of Russian society, which is the state, simply deprives our country of the future.

The position of the liberals is based on the position of global business, which they serve. And which bet on the destruction of Russia for the sake of reducing expenses, on its demolition according to the Libya model, in order to negotiate about the access to oil not with the government and not with a state company, but with a scared mayor of an oil town, hoping for permanent residence in the United States.

I believe a drastic rehabilitation of all public universities is imperative, particularly those associated with the formation of mass consciousness. Such a rehabilitation should, in my opinion, begin with the schools of journalism of Moscow State University and the Higher School of Economics.


DELYAGIN Mikhail Gennadievich  

Born in Moscow on  March   18, 1968

1986 – 1988 - served in the Soviet Army .

1992 – graduated cum laude from the Economic faculty of the Moscow State University named after Lomonosov.

From July 1990 till November 1993 – analyst of B.Yeltsin Group of experts; resigned voluntary. Head of Conimvest group Analytical center.

From May 1994 – chief analytic of Analytic control center of the President of RF (Heads – Y.Yasin, M.Urnov, V.Pechenev).

From October 1996 – referent of the Economy Assistant to the President of RF (S.Ignatiev).

From March 1997 – consultant for economic safety to the vice-president, Minister of internal affairs, A.Kulikov.

From June 1997 – an adviser to the first vice-premier B.Nemtsov. For publications in mass media, regarded as antigovernment propaganda, was fired one day before the default on August 17, 1998.

From October 1998 to May 1999 – an adviser to first vice-premier Y.Maslukov.

From May to July 1999 – deputy director of Secretariat of the first vice-premier N.Aksenenko.

From August 1999 – an adviser to the Chairman of Coordination Council of election block Motherland-All Russia, Y.Primakov; from January 1999 – his assistant. From March 2002 to August 2003 – assistant to the Chairman of the Government of RF, M.Kasyanov.

In 1998 headed Institute of globalization problems (IPROG) which he created. Chairman of Presidium - scientific officer (2002-2005), since 2006 - director. Chairman of the Ideology council of "Rodina" political party (2004-2006). Member of the permanent Political conference of "Other Russia" (2006-2007) and Presidium of Kongress Russian Societies. In March, 2010 has created and has headed organizing committee on political party creation "Motheland: common sense (RZS)".

Active II class counselor of state. Has a personal acknowledgement of RF President B.Yeltsin (Order № 70-rp dated March 11, 1997).

From 1994 participated in preparations of addresses of the President of Russia to the Federal Assembly and programs of the Government of Russia. Chief developer of the program of the Government of Russia, On measures for stabilizing social and economic situation in the country (autumn 1998), participant in negotiations with IMF and World Bank in January-April 1999.

One of the well-known Russian economists. For a long period of time was the youngest Doctor of Science, Economics (1998).Professor emeritus (2000) of Jilin university (China). Research professor, MGIMO (2003). Academician of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2004).

Member of Council for External and Defense Policies (1999), Executive Committee of All-Russian Union of Commodity Producers (2001), Supervisory Council of Worldwide Anti-criminal Antiterrorism Forum (2001), deputy Chairman of the Russian Union of Taxpayers (2003), member of the Presidium of National Investment Council (2005), Russian society of Oxford (2011).

Author of more than 900 articles in Russia, USA, Germany, France, Finland, China, India, etc., author of 12 monographs, the most famous among them being Economy of Non-payments (1997), Ideology of Renaissance (2000), World Crisis. General theory of Globalization (2003), Russia after Putin. Is Orange-Green Revolution Inevitable in Russia? (2005), Mankind drive (2008), Mankind Crisis. Whether Russia in a non-russian distemper will survive? (2010). Head of the writing team of the book, Practice of Globalization: Games and Rules of a New Era (2000), in the co-authorship from V.Shejanovym has written the book, World inside out. As the economic crisis for Russia will end (2009)

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