Russian authorities, with their efforts to circumvent the sanctions and to “recreate the scientific potential” of the occupied Crimea, supported the creation of a “consortium”, an agreement on which was signed at the forum “Universities-2030: Science – Competencies – Youth” in the presence of Russian Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov. Within the framework of the forum, the Far Eastern Federal University and Baltic Federal University concluded an agreement with so called “Sevastopol State University” to create this “university consortium” [1]. Its goal is determined to create “a world-class research and educational cluster in the study of the World Ocean and coastal zones”.

The signatories did not hide the political implications of the “consortium” within the framework of the “study of the Greater Mediterranean region” from Sevastopol, and the unification of three “key points” in a consortium, that “are frontier, in some ways even enclave ones, under great pressure”. Also “large-scale researches that universities alone are not capable of” were announced. It should be expected the cover of the “scientific activity” of the Sevastopol “university” under the guise of events, publications, research in Vladivostok and Kaliningrad, as well as the strengthening of mass training of Russian special services personnel, focused on the Mediterranean maritime sector, at this “university”.

1. https://sev.gov.ru/info/news/127897/