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Weekly Focus: Greece, Belarus and Crimean Tatar


This week of CEE Spring is dedicated to three communities that have been influential in various scientific areas. First up in the field of archaeology is Muazzez İlmiye Çığ, a Turkish archaeologist of Crimean Tatar descent, who as a Sumerian expert famously wrote in 2005 that the headscarf did not originate in the Muslim world but was used some 5000 years ago in Sumer, causing irritations in Turkey and landing her in court, although her court case was quickly dismissed.

Next up is Greek physicist Dimitri Nanopoulos, who is one of the most regularly cited researchers in separate branches of science and was one of the principal developers of a grand unified theory.

Last, but not least, is Belarusian scientist Yury Bandazhevsky, whose research on the radiation effects of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 earned him the ire of the authorities in Belarus, sentencing him to eight years imprisonment before being released on parole in 2005.

As you can see, some fields of research can be quite controversial, especially if they challenge the views of the powerful. The same can be said about Wikipedia in Turkey right now, so make sure to include articles about Turkey in your weekly article diet!

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