The situation around my Institute became relatively clear on yesterday afternoon. At two o’clock our acting director Ilia Zaitsev and our ex-director Yuri Pivovarov were called to the FANO where they were told the INION was to move to the building of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information (VINITI) in Usievicha Street near the Sokol metro station. The FANO has already tried to force us to do so last year, but we refused. First, at the same time it was talked a lot about the perspectives of our merger with the VINITI that is completely unacceptable for us as our institutes are quite different and, taking into account the today’s conditions in Russia, such a merger will the most probably cause nothing except further shortage of funding. Second, the VINITI is placed in the opposite part of Moscow, and we still use our old building in Profsoiuznaia Street and have one more small office in Dmitriia Ul’ianova Street, so it won’t be suitable for us at all if some of our departments are placed so far away. Third, Zaitsev visited the VINITI building last year and says the rooms that are proposed to us are in a poor condition. In winter time, for instance, we’ll have to work like in a fridge because windows need a repair.
It seems that this time people at the FANO have taken into account their last year’s unsuccessful experience and decided first to use Aleksei Pavlov and his enterprise in order to frighten us so that later they could play a role of our ‘saviours’. At the same time, however, they say they have no money for our move, nor for a repair in the VINITI building. Our Institute has no money for that either. No more information is available now, I’ll write again when I find out anything else.