Maxim Balashov is a professor of mathematics who has worked at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) for nineteen years. He also serves as chair of the trade union at his university, UNISOL, which has successfully fought for increased salaries and reduced workloads while ensuring that the university complies with the Russian state labour code. Management at MIPT recently refused to renew Prof. Balashov’s contract, openly citing his union activity as their reason. UNISOL, together with the Confederation of Labour of Russia (KTR), has launched an online campaign on LabourStart demanding that the university reinstate Professor Balashov and stop persecuting union activists.
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