This was another step towards independence, towards the creation of its own scientific elite without regard to Moscow. An opportunity to show the world that Tatarstan is not a Russian province, but a candidate for equal membership among the international scientific community.
Now, not only Tatarstan’s sovereignty is being taken away, but also its Tatar identity, replacing it with an “all-Russian” one. The clause on the development of Tatar identity in Tatarstan’s program for the implementation of the state national policy no longer exists.
A little more time will pass – the Academy of Sciences of Tatarstan will be replaced by some “regional division of the Russian Academy of Sciences”.
Will we allow this?