We welcome the decision of the IMU to pull the International Congress of Mathematicians from Russia. Unfortunately, this right call was not made before the full scale invasion of the Russian troops to our country.
February 26, 2022
Ukrainian Army heroically fights with the enemy.
Kostiantyn Iusenko and Nataliia Goloshchapova, Ukrainian mathematicians who have worked at the University of São Paulo in Brazil for many years, are currently in Kyiv sheltering in a basement to protect themselves from bombing. Kostiantyn sent to Globonews a video showing their situation. Kostyantyn helped to design this web page several months ago.
February 25, 2022
While Ukraine is burning, the IMU is assessing the situation... Meanwhile the International Olympic Committee urged international sports federations to move or cancel their events planned in Russia or Belarus: the 2022 Champions League final will be palyed in Paris, Formula 1 Grand Prix has been cancelled.
In the last two days many more national mathematical societies responded with solidarity. The Societies of France, Czechia, Canada, Belgium, Brazil and Spain will not send their representatives to the Congress in Russia. The European Mathematical Society and Switzerland also appeal to the IMU that the Congress can not go as planned.
The silence of the Organizing Committee of the ICM is deafening.Our Committee of Ukrainian mathematicians was speaking with Alex Wilkins, a reporter at New Scientist. ICM cannot influence politics in any serious way, but we’ve been trying to do just a little bit to prevent this outcome. If a Russian regime would have received these messages earlier, maybe this [invasion] would not happen today.
Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) will provide resources to support research stays of Ukrainian scientists: In this difficult hour for your country, which has become a victim of the aggression of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, the Presiding Committee of the Austrian Academy of Sciences would like to express its solidarity with the Ukrainian people in general and our colleagues, the scientists of the Ukraine, in particular. Details: Ukrainian English
February 24, 2022
Today Russia started a full scale military operation in Ukraine. The Mathematical Societies of Poland and Lithuania and the London Mathematical Society expressed their support to Ukraine and urged the IMU not to hold the Congress in Russia in July. A letter signed by many invited speakers of the Congress was sent to the IMU today.
February 22, 2022
The American Mathematical Society issued a statement: "The AMS leadership is alarmed by the current situation in Ukraine and its implications for the 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg, Russia. International exchange is essential to the growth and health of research mathematics. The ICM provides a unique opportunity to support and celebrate these connections, but not under current conditions. The AMS has no plans to send representatives to a meeting in St. Petersburg. We urge the International Mathematical Union not to hold the ICM in Russia in July 2022."
February 10, 2022
We emailed the invited speakers: "We are writing to you because you were invited to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2022. This is a great honor, and it provides you with a distinguished role in our professional community. We find it very unfortunate that this time the Congress is co-organized and funded by the Russian government. The very same government which is now threatening our country with a new wave of full scale military invasion. We kindly ask you to consider canceling your ICM lecture as an act of protest against this unjust and horrifying situation. If sufficiently many ICM speakers joined this protest, the IMU would have to cancel or postpone the Congress."
January 31, 2022
For the last two months Ukraine has been threatened by the full scale military invasion of the Russian troops. In these conditions our committee emailed many national mathematical societies asking them to enquire from the IMU to cancel the ICM 2022. "If the IMU canceled the ICM now, this would send a strong message to the Russian leadership. This would be a reminder that aggression causes international isolation, and the more such messages Putin’s regime receives the better. We do not know if there is a chance to restrain the war, but doing nothing will not be helpful for sure. We sincerely believe that this is the right moment for the learned societies to act."
November 19, 2021
Our appeal was discussed at the general meeting of the Swedish Mathematical Society. Following this discussion the Swedish Mathematical Society sent a letter to the International Mathematical Union. Quoting the letter, "The Swedish Mathematical Society would like to express the opinion that the circumstance of armed conflict makes the choice of Russia as host of the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2022 very unfortunate. This includes, in particular, the way it affects Ukrainian mathematicians."
October 17, 2021
Our article appeared in the Ukrainian Mathematical Journal, vol. 73, no. 10.
October 12, 2021
Our article was published in La Gazette des mathématiciens 170 (October issue).
October 6, 2021
Gudrun Thäter, the editor of Mitteilungen der DMV, mentions our boycott appeal in her article Stimmen aus St. Petersburg. In the article Dr Thäte is interviewing Russian mathematicins about the upcoming congress. In will be published in Mitteilungen der DMV, Volume 29 (2021), Issue 3.
September 25, 2021
Ahmed Abbes and Cédric Villani mention our boycott appeal in their article Human rights: a thorn in the side of the International Mathematical Union: the case of Azat Miftakhov.
August 31, 2021
Our article Why many Ukrainian mathematicians will not attend the ICM in Russia was accepted by the Ukrainian Mathematical Journal and by la Gazette des Mathématiciens.
July 14, 2021
Our article Why many Ukrainian mathematicians will not attend the ICM in Russia was accepted by the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. It will appear in the October 2021 issue.