MGIMO management forces professor to quit for political reasons

MGIMO management forces professor to quit for political reasons
Valery Solovey

Political analyst Valery Solovey asked not to associate him with the institute anymore.

In Moscow, political analyst Valery Solovey resigned from MGIMO on his own accord after being asked to do so because of differences in political views. Solovey said that he is done with teaching, and now will be writing a book for a major Western publisher. 

“Today I applied for resignation from MGIMO, where I have been working for 11 years. For political reasons, the institute no longer wants anything to do with me. I understand this reluctance. And I will be grateful if in the future they will in no way associate me with MGIMO,” Solovey wrote on his Facebook page.

According to the political scientist, he “tried to inculcate extremely rare qualities in modern Russia — a sense of self-esteem and common sense” to MGIMO students. At the same time, he noted that an era of change had come in Russia, in which he was going to take an active part.

The MGIMO did not comment on the professor’s dismissal. The day before it, Solovey took part in a debate with the political scientist Yekaterina Shulman, which was organized by the libertarian Mikhail Svetov. In his speech, Solovey compared current Russia with the USSR in 1989 and noted the rise of opposition sentiments, as well as the readiness of the authorities to shoot protesters.

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