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Academicians Refuse Jew Appointment to Leningrad Academy

March 21, 1929
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The appointment of A. Deborin, Jewish philosopher, to the Academy of Sciences in Leningrad, met with opposition on the part of some members of the Academy, led by Professor Pavlov. The name of Professor Deborin was rejected along with that of V. M. Fritche, literary critic, and N. Lukin, historian.

Opposition to the three candidates named by the Soviet authorities developed among the forty members of the Academy when the Soviet authorities proceeded with its plan to increase the number of academicians from forty to eighty, instituting a new department of social sciences and making certain changes in the methods of some of the existing departments.

Along with the representatives of the physical sciences the new academicians included a number of Communists. Some of them, including Nikolai Bukharin, editor of “Pravda;” M. N. Pokrozsky, foremost Marxist historian, and Dr. Ryazanov, head of the Institute of Marx and Engels, were admitted with little or no opposition.

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