The British Intelligence services have expressed concerns over the growing militarization of higher education in Russia, citing the establishment of a new institute on military strategy at Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE). This Institute of Military World Economics and Strategies, founded by political scientist and advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sergei Karaganov, has raised alarms due to its focus on political and economic issues, with a particular emphasis on the foreign military industry.
Admiral Sergei Avakyants, a former commander of the Pacific Fleet who believes that Russia is at odds with the West, will lead this institute. The institute will also study deterrence strategies and the role of nuclear weapons in these strategies. It will draw on faculty from HSE as well as researchers from various military academies such as the Russian General Staff Academy.
The closer collaboration between academia and the defense sector is likely to contribute to the militarization of higher education in Russia, according to the British Ministry of Defense’s Intelligence service. This growing trend highlights a shift towards prioritizing military-related studies and research in Russian universities.