Unravelling the Epistemic Community: A review on Russian scientists caught up in unprecedented sanctions

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Tutar Y. N.

The 9th Annual CRRC Conference New Frontiers: The South Caucasus Amidst New Challenges, Tbilisi, Georgia, 22 - 23 June 2023, pp.12

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Tbilisi
  • Country: Georgia
  • Page Numbers: pp.12
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Unravelling the Epistemic Community: A review on Russian scientists caught up in unprecedented sanctions 

The world has noticed systematic and absolute destruction caused by one superpower country. On February 22, 2022, Russia callously invaded Ukraine, breaching all international laws and rules. Following the attack on a peaceful country, the West placed unprecedented sanctions against Putin's war. The sanctions were intended to "paralyze the Russian economy and starve Putin's war machine." However, punishing judgments were also made by important scientific publications such as Elsevier. These publications stated that they will not accept articles submitted by Russian scientists and that their academic collaboration activities would be halted. While this method may appear to be a response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, it is a risky measure that could cause additional issues in the academic community. It is perceived as unethical for the committee to punish Russian scientists by prohibiting them from participation in academic and scientific discourse. Notably, the fundamental principle of impartiality in science was broken in this instance. Thus, it has been seen to infringe on both human and scientific freedoms. Identification and resolution of issues of worldwide importance are made possible by these communities' expanding influence on international policymaking. Using a qualitative method this study investigates the possibility of the epistemic community surrounding this problem. It examines the ideas of epistemic communities and their effects on policymaking highlighting the interplay between structure and its decisions in this environment. The current findings highlight the fundamental assumptions and underpinnings surrounding the current policies and approaches to the prevailing issue. It notices, the restrictions imposed on the Russian scientists are unfounded and require thorough assessment and consensus from the scientific community. The study concludes by asking a question, “Should Russian scientists face sanctions and boycotts aimed at the Russian Federation?”