Minister of education and science Vasiliev stood up for Medina on the eve of a crucial meeting on his thesis
The Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation believe it important that the thesis of the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky is no plagiarism, the head of the Ministry Olga Vasilyeva. According to her, now question the scientific value of the work will take the Presidium of the Higher attestation Commission (VAK).
“Two to three weeks it will be considered. But I just want to emphasize that there was a positive decision of the two (dissertation) councils. And another very important point is the absence of plagiarism in the work. But the fact that the author presented his vision of history, it’s just that most of the polemical history that needs to be”, – quotes the words Vasilyeva , RIA “Novosti”.
On the eve of the expert Council of VAK on the history by majority of votes recommended to deprive the Minister of culture of the degree of doctor of historical Sciences. However, the Ministry of education noted that this decision is an interim – final is still pending, it will make the Presidium of the HAC, said to”Interfax” the press Secretary of the head of the Ministry Andrey Emelyanov.
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“The decision of the expert Council of VAK of the history is inconclusive, a recommendation to the Ministry gives the Presidium of the HAC. Let me remind you that earlier two of the dissertation Council to deprive of Vladimir Medinsky degree refused”, – he told Agency on Tuesday.
On the eve of the source of “Interfax” has informed that a meeting of the Presidium of the HAC on the issue will take place on 20 October. Press Secretary of the head of the HAC Valeria Antonova called the TASS of the same date of the meeting.
Co-founder of “Discerneth” Andrew zayakin said that “theoretically, the Presidium of the HAC may not agree with the recommendation of the expert Council of VAK, but in practice this was not.” However, one of the co-founders of “Discerneth” Kirill Mikhailov noted that Medina is “can arrange”, but “it will be a scandal.”
The Medina itself to comment on the decision of the expert Council of VAK did not. His assistant scientific Director of the Russian military historical society Mikhail Myagkov – advised “pay much attention” to the decision of the expert Council of VAK, reports “Kommersant”.
He noted that the members of the Council “ignored adopted before this decision, the Moscow state University and Belgorod University about not to deprive” the Medina degree of doctor of historical Sciences. “Apparently, this opinion of the expert Council members that originally belong to the author,” said Myagkov , RIA “Novosti”.
Recall, researching a thesis Medinsky instructed the academic Council of the history Department of Moscow state University and at the academic Council of Belgorod state University. The first refused to consider the work of the Minister on the merits, and the second found a claim to the job untenable. The Medina itself has repeatedly said that the claims of his thesis are not scientific, but political.
Medina doctoral dissertation defended in 2011 at the Russian state social University (RSSU). Statement of depriving the Minister of his doctorate filed in April of 2016, historians Vyacheslav Kozlyakov and Konstantin erusalimsky, and expert “Discerneth” Ivan Babitsky. In their opinion, the doctoral dissertation of the Minister “Problems of objectivity in the coverage of Russian history in the second half of the XV-XVII centuries” and unscientific “in places absurd,” and the text “is full of gross mistakes.”
In the official conclusion of the expert Council of VAK it is also said that to confirm his theses, the author often uses this ambiguous source like the chronicle, presenting it as “absolutely reliable”, and also uses the principle of selectivity, focusing on certain sources and ignoring others, “if they contradict his thesis,” writes “Kommersant”.
As the academic Council of the University was dissolved, the question of the safety degree was moved to Ural Federal University. Subsequently, the HAC was requested to examine the thesis of the Minister of the academic Council of the history Department of Moscow state University.