The Prosecutor General’s Office recognized Bard College as an “undesirable” organization – an American university that is associated with St. Petersburg State University and Alexei Kudrin

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia recognized the activities of the American educational organization Bard College as undesirable. This was reported on the website of the department.

It has been established that its activities pose a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation.

The Prosecutor General’s Office will ask the Russian Ministry of Justice to add Bard College to the list of “undesirable” organizations. At the moment, there are already 34 organizations in it.

Bard College is a private liberal arts university in the state of New York, founded in the 19th century. It  is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world in the field of art and design. Notable alumni of Bard College include journalist Ronan Farrow, co-founder of the Beastie Boys Adam Yauch, creator of BoJack Horseman Rafael Bob-Waksberg.

Bard College participated in the creation of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University, which is headed by the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation Alexei Kudrin. In 2021, it became known that the faculty would become an independent educational institution. It was planned that its graduates would receive a double degree: the University of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Bard College.

In March 2021, the Coordination Council of Russian NGOs asked the Prosecutor General’s Office to check the University of Liberal Arts and Sciences for links with “foreign NGOs controlled by George Soros and leading destructive activities on the territory of Russia,” and also to declare Bard College “undesirable” organization.

In May, St. Petersburg State University sent an appeal to the Prosecutor General’s Office with a request to assess its further cooperation with Bard College.

(c)MEDUZA 2021

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