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I spent summer of 2011 working with a cosmologist in Moscow, developing a dark energy model to better describe the Universe. That's the part you probably don't care about. But that got me into how various regimes in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia have affected the scene of science research and education. Since then, I've asked the same question on trips to Germany (March 2012) and Italy (June 2012), and will again in Scotland this winter.