Russia rocked by brain drain as students asked to teach

Russian education system is ‘collapsing’ says professor

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Denis Skopin was jailed for ten days and sacked after he attended an anti-mobilisation protest last month. Prof Skopin claimed that the education system in Russia was collapsing and that it the “brain drain” sparked by the war in Ukraine was a catastrophe. He explained that there were several vacant teaching positions across the historic St Petersburg and Moscow Universities. 

Prof Skopin told the BBC: “I think that the Russian research and education system is collapsing, actually.

“And, to my knowledge, in some good St Petersburg and Moscow universities, there are lots of vacant teaching positions now.

“Just because people have left, it’s quite unusual and unprecedented.

“Because it used to be very hard to get a teaching position in Russia.

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Ms Skopin added: “Now it’s very different and, as far as I know at some universities they ask MA students to teach.

“Instead of professors, you can imagine how it will impact the Russian system of education.

“Russian university system… It’s a catastrophe.”

Some Russin citizens have fled Russia due to Putin’s strict regime.

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At the beginning of last month, a Moscow media source claimed that as many as 700,000 Russian civilians had fled.

Just after Putin announced that he would be mobilising 300,000 more Russian men to join the battle in Ukraine.

Some Russians left and bought tickets to fly out of the country, which sent the price skyrocketing just after Putin’s announcement.

At the time of the exodus flights to Turkey shot up to 70,000 roubles ($1,150) from 22,000 roubles.

Whilst others decided to drive, causing traffic and delays on the Georgian border.

The MoD has explained that the exact number of Russian civilians that have fled is still unclear: “it likely exceeds the size of the total invasion force” deployed into Ukraine when Moscow first invaded the country in February. 

During a daily briefing, they added: “The better off and well-educated are over-represented amongst those attempting to leave Russia.

“When combined with those reservists who are being mobilised, the domestic economic impact of reduced availability of labour and the acceleration of ‘brain drain’ is likely to become increasingly significant.”

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