The Closed Circuit—a Record of Soviet Scientific Life

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    In May this year Dr Zhores A. Medvedev, once head of the Department of Molecular Radiobiology at the Institute of Medical Radiology, Obninsk, was detained by the Soviet authorities in a psychiatric hospital, but was released in mid-June after protests from several distinguished Russian scientists. This account of Dr Medvedev's earlier unsuccessful attempt to accept an invitation to speak at the Ciba Symposium on Ageing at Sheffield in September 1966 is taken from his book The Medvedev Papers: The Plight of Soviet Science, due to be published in English early in 1971 by Macmillan and Co. (and St Martin's Press, New York, in the United States). The Russian text was published by Macmillan this week. The circumstances of this publication are recounted elsewhere in this issue.

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    The Closed Circuit—a Record of Soviet Scientific Life. Nature 227, 1197–1202 (1970) doi:10.1038/2271197a0

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