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Protest Against Reform Of Russian Academy Of Sciences

The State Duma on July 3 heard a bill to reform the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Opponents of the proposed reform -- which would combine three of Russia's science academies and take control of property away from the RAS -- picketed the State Duma in Moscow. Protesters said the action symbolizes "RAS's funeral" with some participants putting wreaths and black ribbons in front of a gravestone.

A tombstone symbolizing the death of the Academy of Sciences, as protesters say the proposed reform would destroy the institution.
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A tombstone symbolizing the death of the Academy of Sciences, as protesters say the proposed reform would destroy the institution.

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Police look on at demonstrators in front of the State Duma.
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Police look on at demonstrators in front of the State Duma.

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The tombstone and flowers at an entrance to the State Duma.
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The tombstone and flowers at an entrance to the State Duma.

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A few Duma deputies stopped to talk with the protesters.
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A few Duma deputies stopped to talk with the protesters.

Duma Deputy Ivan Melnikov stopped to talk with the protesters.
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Duma Deputy Ivan Melnikov stopped to talk with the protesters.

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