Alexander Bikbov

is vice-director of the Centre for Modern Philosophy and Social Sciences, Moscow State University, and editor of the non-fiction book review Pushkin (Moscow). He runs a blog of his own on educational reforms in Russia and elsewhere. Blog


Today, a new struggle for control of Russia’s universities is underway between a “black”, private model and a centralized and seemingly more transparent state model. Yet the two are but different expressions of the same thing, writes Alexander Bikbov: spontaneous capitalist neoconservatism. What’s more, governments elsewhere in Europe are seeking to emulate the successful example of the Russian state in extracting profit from the public university.