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The establishment of the Higher Attestation Commission (the VAK) and the politics of the Bolsheviks in the sphere of higher education in the late 1920s-early 1930s

History of Education and Children's Literature. 2015. No. X/2. P. 345-357.
The article is focused on the establishment of the Higher Attestation Commission (the VAK) within the context of the Bolshevik politics in the sphere of higher education. This was a link in the chain of measures called «the Great Break» by Stalin. Under Stalin, the system of the attestation of academics became one of the most important mechanisms, by which the academia was managed by the government. When the applications made by the candidates for degrees were considered ideological criteria usually mattered more than academic ones.