The expert Council of VAK recommended to deprive Medina of the degree of doctor of science
The expert Council of the Higher attestation Commission (HAC) in history recommended to deprive the Minister of culture Vladimir Medina of the degree of doctor of Sciences. On making this decision, RBC reported activist “Discerneth” Ivan Babitsky, who in 2016, applied on the deprivation of Minister degree in connection with the “absurdity” of his thesis “Problems of objectivity in the coverage of Russian history in the second half of the XV—XVII centuries.”
“Finally something happened that had to happen. Only the Expert Council of VAK in history by an overwhelming majority, decided contrary to the conclusion of Belgorod of the Council to support our application for Medina deprivation of a scientific degree of the doctor of historical Sciences. The decision was announced in my presence,” he wrote later Babitsky on his page in the network Facebook.
Historian, corresponding member of RAS Askold Ivanchik, commenting on the decision of expert Council of VAK, called it expected.
“The decision of the expert Council of VAK in history was expected, because it includes highly skilled specialists. They could not recognize the scientific work of Medina, not committing violence against their professional conscience,” said RBC Ivanchik.
In July 2017 dissertation Council of the Belgorod state University refused to deprive Medina of the degree of doctor of historical Sciences, in support of the Minister voted 19 out of the 22 members of the Council.