Azat Miftakhov Days Against the War – Program – July 5-6, 2022

In view of the unprecedented brutality and destructiveness of Russia’s criminal aggression against Ukraine, we have renamed our event, that was originally announced before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, into “Azat Miftakhov Days Against the War”. As we continue to fight for Azat’s release from prison, we stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian mathematicians and the people of Ukraine who suffer the terrible brunt of the war.

The Azat Miftakhov Days Against the War will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday July 5-6, 2022, in solidarity with Azat Miftakhov, a mathematics graduate student from the Moscow State University who has been arbitrarily imprisoned by Russian state authorities since February 2019.

This event is sponsored by the French (SMF and SMAI), European, Belgian and Catalan Mathematical Societies. It is also announced by the American Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society.

Registration is mandatory by filling out the form here.

Tuesday July 5, 2022 from 4pm to 7pm Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) – online

4 pm Opening remarks

4:10 pm Alexander Petrov (MPIM)
Title: Representations of Galois groups and families of algebraic varieties (abstract)

5:10 pm Ilya Dumanski (MIT)
Title: Schubert varieties in the Beilinson-Drinfeld Grassmannian (abstract, slides)

6:10 pm Slava Rychkov (IHES)
Title: “Bootstrap” method in physics and mathematics (abstract, slides)

Wednesday July 6, 2022 from 5pm to 7pm Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) – hybrid

A panel to assess the human rights situation in Russia through the cases of persecuted academics, coorganized by the Azat Miftakhov Committee and the prominent Russian NGO Memorial Human Rights Center. The panel will make a special emphasis on the Russian academics and students persecuted for opposing Russia’s war in Ukraine.

For technical reasons related to the hybrid nature of the event, this panel is transferred to the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) in Paris. Instructions to access IHES are available here.

We are very pleased to announce the participation in this panel of

Chandler Davis, mathematician, University of Toronto

Alexander Cherkasov, Chair of the Council of the Memorial Human Rights Centre

Fabien Durand, President of the French Mathematical Society

Elena Gorban, Azat Miftakhov’s wife

Anatoly Vershik, former president of the St. Petersburg Mathematical Society, member of the European Academy of Sciences, chief researcher of the St. Petersburg section of the Steklov Institute of Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Barry Mazur, mathematician, the Gerhard Gade University Professor at Harvard University, member of Scholars at Risk Harvard

Grigory Durnovo, OVD-info

Maria Menshikova DOXA

Vera Chelishcheva, independent journalist 

Ilya Nuzov, Head of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Rachel Denber, Deputy Director of the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, specializes in countries of the former Soviet Union

Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International Moscow Office Director

Martin Andler, mathematician, Université de Versailles St Quentin, for Memorial France

Registration is mandatory by filling out the form here.

Further information will be available on

The Azat Miftakhov Committee

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