CERN Labs Destroying Atoms Strengthen Measures Against Russia

Geneva (AP) —The vast European scientific laboratory that houses the world’s largest atomic crusher is taking new steps to further limit cooperation with Russian research institutes following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The CERN Council, the governing body of the Geneva-based institute with 23 member states, has all the sciences of Russia and neighboring Belarus, whose scientists promoted the invasion on February 24, Russia’s ally. Announced that it will stop participating in the committee.

CERN, the historic acronym of the current European Nuclear Research Organization, has been working on aggression as nearly 7% of the world’s more than 18,000 researchers are associated with Russian institutions. .. On March 8, the council suspended new cooperation with Russia and stripped it of its position as an observer in Russian organizations.

With the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, scheduled to begin its third run next month, the question of further sanctions on Russia has become an urgent issue.

The machine propels particles through a ring of superconducting magnets 27 km (17 miles) underground in and around Geneva, creating science that helps unravel mysteries such as dark matter and standard models of particle physics. increase. Russian scientists have been involved in the planning of multiple experiments.

Under the new measures approved on Friday, CERN will suspend all joint events with Russian institutions, considering the addition of new candidates from Russia and Belarus to the organization’s staff. ..

The council also announced that it would suspend all cooperation with the Joint Nuclear Institute, an international group of 19 member states based in Dubna, Russia. More than half of the members are former Soviet Republics including Ukraine, but also Cuba, Czech Republic, Poland, North Korea and Vietnam.