On March 12, the rector’s office canceled a professorship opening at the school. Ivan Kurilla was the sole applicant for the position. A historian of U.S.-Russian relations, he arrived from Volgograd University on a temporary contract in February. On March 25 he was informed that his temporary contract was canceled. The position was opened in error, he was told, and an administrative review determined that existing staffers could manage the teaching workload.
Faculty dismissals stir controversy at Smolny College, hailed as a radical departure from Soviet teaching