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Working paper

The Academic Study In The 1990s And 2000s Of The History And Practice Of Awarding Academic Degrees And Titles In Russia

Humanities. HUM. Basic Research Programme, 2014. No. WP BRP 46/HUM/2014.
This article reconstructs the activity of the 'Alexander Yakushev school', a scholarly movement whose representatives over the last 20 years have studied the history of awarding academic degrees in the Russian Empire, the USSR and the Russian Federation. The causes of this school's emergence, its research areas are analyzed, and its achievements are evaluated. The article also assesses the reform plan for the thesis review procedure which Yakushev suggested after the Higher Attestation Commission (VAK) refused to confirm the higher doctorate in law he had been awarded.