Boycott ICM 2022 in Russia

This page was created for mathematicians to protest against hosting the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2022 by Russia. Saint Petersburg was chosen as the next ICM venue at the 2018 General Assembly of the International Mathematical Union in São Paulo.

Collection of signatures stopped on February 26, 2022 as the IMU took the decision to pull the ICM from Russia. Ukrainian mathematicians: Unfortunately, this right decision was not made before the full scale invasion of the Russian troops to our country.

Statement of Purpose (2018)

List of signatories

History of this initiative and related actions


Ukrainian group (since July 2021)

Here are some of the reasons to boycott:

  1. Political prisoners [wiki]

    In recent years the number of human rights defenders, journalists and scientists in Russian prisons and penal colonies has risen sharply. As for September 2018, the Russian human rights centre Memorial reports there are at least 188 political prisoners or prisoners of conscience. In the Russian Federation political prisoners are often subjected to abuse or torture.

    The international mathematical community is gravely concerned about the situation of Azat Miftakhov, a mathematics graduate student at the Moscow State University. Azat was a target of a brutal smear campaign in the pro-government media and spent almost two years in pre-trial detention. On January 18, 2021 he was sentenced to six years imprisonment in a penal colony. We've been monitoring Azat's case and we believe that the charges against him are a pure invention of the Russian authorities. Before the verdict was announced, 47 mathematicians wrote a letter to the Executive Organizing Committee and Local Organizing Committee of the International Congress of Mathematicians, asking them to take an active position on Azat's case and to communicate with the state authorities to free him. Unfortunately, the ICM organizers decided not to act in his support.

  2. Repression of opponents [wiki]

    The most widely known critics of Putin's regime who have been assassinated include the journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, liberal politician Sergei Yushenkov, human rights activist Natalya Estemirova, journalist and anti-fascist Anastasia Baburova, human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, American journalist and chief editor of the Russian edition of Forbes Paul Klebnikov, physicist and liberal politician Boris Nemtsov. To touch the topic of mathematical sciences, the famous inventor of knot invariants Victor Vassiliev was arrested in 2014 during a peaceful protest in support of the defendants in the Bolotnaya Square Case. At the time when this page was created police crushed a peaceful protest and over 400 people were detained in Saint Petersburg. In January-February 2021 thousands were arrested during peaceful protests against jailing the opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Among them there were many math students and faculty, including professor Alexander Kuznetsov, an EMS Prize recipient and an invited speaker at the International Mathematical Congress in Seoul in 2014.

  3. Discrimination of LGBT people [wiki]

    In 2013 Russia adopted a federal law which de facto criminalizes LGBT culture. This resulted in numerous arrests of Russian LGBT citizens publicly opposing the law and there has reportedly been a surge of homophobic propaganda, violence and hate crimes using the law as justification. The respective law was adopted in March of 2012 by the governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko, who was a co-chair of the Executive Organizing Committee for the ICM 2022 in 2018-2019.

    United Nations Human Rights Council condemns the wave of torture and killings of gay men in Chechnya in 2017. In May 2019 the Human Rights Watch reported a new anti-gay crackdown in Grozny. In July 2019 a prominent human rights, and LGBT rights activist Yelena Grigoryeva was murdered in Saint Petersburg.

  4. Annexation of Crimea [wiki] and ongoing war in Ukraine [wiki]

    In February-March 2014 Russian military troops invaded and annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. The United Nations General Assembly condemns the annexation and calls upon all states and international organizations not to recognize or to imply the recognition of Crimea as Russian territory. Another resolution of UN documents that Russia systematically curtails civil, political and cultural rights of Crimean Tatars. In July 2019 more than 20 Crimean Tatar activists faced unfounded terrorism charges.

    International organizations recognize Russian presence in the military conflict in the East of Ukraine. The war started in 2014 after the annexation of Crimea. It has already taken more than 13,000 lives, wounded over 25,000 and made more than 2,000,000 people to flee their homes. Russian military supplied and subsequently recovered the missile launcher that shot down a scheduled passenger flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17 July 2014, killing 298 people.

    Starting from November 2021 Ukraine is under the constant threat of a full scale military invasion by the Russian troops. Putin’s regime has moved over 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border. They are equipped with everything from tanks and artillery to ammunition and air power. In February 2022 many countries started to evacuate their diplomats' families and embassy staff from Ukraine. Never since the Second World War was Europe so close to an outbreak of war on such a large scale.

    On February 22, 2022 the American Mathematical Society issued a statement in which they are alarmed of the situation in Ukraine and urge the International Mathematical Union not to hold the ICM in Russia in July 2022.

  5. Air strikes in Syria [wiki]

    In 2015 Russia joined the Syrian civil war in support of the president Bashar al-Assad, whose army uses against its population such internationally condemned methods as barrel bombs and chemical strikes. Between April and August 2018, Russia conducted at least 13,000 air strikes. As for September 2018, the UK-based Syrian Network for Human Rights reports over 6,000 civilians killed by the Russian Forces, while the total death toll reaches over 200,000.

The aim of the boycott is not to penalize Russian mathematicians for the actions of Russian government or prevent their collaboration with the colleagues abroad. The Congress is co-organized and financed by the Russian government. We believe that by recognizing the Congress in Russia, the mathematical community indirectly lends credibility to Putin's regime.

Signed by:

Masha VlasenkoInstitute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Yuriy DrozdInstitute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Svetlana KatokThe Pennsylvania State University
Ahmed AbbesCNRS & IHES, France
Adriana SalernoBates College (USA)
Slava RychkovIHES, France
Marcin KotowskiUniversity of Warsaw
Piotr AchingerInstitute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Michał KotowskiUniversity of Warsaw, Poland
Sarah CarrLMU Germany
John VoightDartmouth College
Andrey GogolevOhio State University, USAOne can effectively argue that math should be above politics. There is a lot of truth to it as nowadays math goes across the borders, cultures and politics. Still there is threshold of what is acceptable. For me personally, after the war of 2014, setting a foot on russian soil, not to mention participating in government backed and supported event, is simply unimaginable. Understandably, the outlook of Russia-based mathematicians, even those who vocally oppose the regime (see Vassiliev, Vershik etc.) could be different.
Oleksii TovpyhaInstitute of Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
Alexander SoiferUniversity of Colorado, USAI am grateful to the July 29-30, 2018, General Assembly (GA) of the International Mathematics Union (IMU) for following my urging and deciding to replace the name of Rolf Nevanlinna, a Hitler supporter, on its prize and medal. However, GA erred in granting criminal tyrant Putin a propaganda tool by selecting Russia for hosting ICM-2022. War on Georgia, Annexation of Crimea, War on Ukraine, etc., etc., etc. are the gravest violations of the international law, and must not be rewarded. I do not think that for countries to order their mathematicians not to attend is right. I support the boycott on the individual level, by those who are not only mathematicians, but also human beings of high moral standards.
Tyler KellyUniversity of Birmingham, UK
Alex FinkQueen Mary University of London, Great Britain
Alexander HooverUniversity of Akron, USA
Marco CarfagniniUnited States
Marco AnteiUniversidad de Costa RicaIn 2017 I started a battle, alone, against EMS which equally supported France and Russia in their contest to host next ICM. I know many people talked about that solitary battle. In a private email the director of EMS replied to me ""I would never say I am proud of the orientation with which I was born [...] I would regard it humiliating"". Well, I am proud of being gay and I am happy not to be alone in this battle anymore. Russian friends and colleagues, this fight is for you!
Max LahnBrown University (US)
Ioannis MarkakisUSA
Kimberly AyersUSA
Diana DavisUnited States of America
Carlos Castano-BernardMexico
Joshua LeboBrown University, United States
Signe GolashBrown University, United States
Zsofia BieglUnited States
Michael NIsenzonBrown University
Emma-Dennis-KnieriemBrown University
Joseph HlavinkaUnited States
Mikael Vejdemo-JohanssonCUNY College of Staten Island, USA
Bryan XianBrown University, USA
Madelyn AdamsBrown University, USA
Batia Friedman-ShawUnited StatesFight for our rights with the mathematical community
Henry TalbottUndergraduate mathematics major at Brown University, USA
Noah PicardBrown University, USA
Jeanne AllenUnited States
Frank FarrisSanta Clara University, USA
Suzanna O’NeillUSA
Rhea MathewsUnited States
Emily TunkelUS
Oleksandra BeznosovaUSA
Zoltan KocsisUniversity of Manchester
Joshua ZelinskyIowa State University, USA
Alyson SingletonBrown University, United States of America
Katrina HonigsUniversity of UtahRussia is not a safe place for all of my colleagues to visit.
Valokdemar SkouUniversity of Copenhagen, Denmark
George SchaefferStanford University
Maciej ZdanowiczEPF Lausanne, Switzerland
Darij GrinbergUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Mauricio Genta Enriquez-SaranoUndergraduate math student, Faculty of sciences, Udelar, Uruguay
Lawrence Jack BarrottNCTS (Taiwan)
Spencer BagleyWestminster College, UT, USA
Taras LehinevychNational University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Asvin Gothandaraman USA Wisconsin Madison
Daira HopwoodUKI fully support Russian mathematicians and the immense contribution they have made to mathematics in general, but holding a conference there given the politics of the current regime is the wrong decision. In particular, LGBT mathematicians would be unsafe at such a conference.
Ian HillUndergraduate Mathematics Student, United States of America
Ajeet GaryUnited States of America
Yassin ChandranUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, USA
emily rexerEmory University USA
Brandis WhitfieldUndergraduate Mathematics Student, United States
Bogdan PetrenkoEastern Illinois University
Olexander StriletsUkraine
Andriy PrymakUniversity of Manitoba, Canada
Bogdan SavchynskyyHeidelberg University
Alexandre KosyakInstitute of Mathematics, Kiev, Ukraine
Irina YehorchenkoInstitute of Mathematics, NAS of UkraineHolding major international events means direct and open support for Russian aggression in Ukraine, support for killing Ukrainians and Syrians. Organisers and participanrts of such events actually declare that they support annexation of Crimea, political repressions and killings in Russia and Russia-organised killings in other countries. Its a hypocrisy if people say that math is beyond politics - nothing is beyond politics. International organisers and visitors of such event help aggression, totalitarism and killings
Dmitri FinkelshteinSwansea University, UK
Volodymyr LyubashenkoInstitute of Mathematics, Kyiv, Ukraine
Dhruv RanganathanUniversity of Cambridge, UKMy colleagues deserve to be safe at the ICM.
Ana Rita PiresUniversity of Edinburgh, UK
Lyudmila TurowskaChalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Roman PopovychUniversity of Vienna, Austria
Anatoly HolubInstitute of Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
Yuliia MishuraUkraine, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Danyl ProskurinKyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, associate professor of Faculty of Computer Sciences and Cybernetycs
Volodymyr MakarovInstitute of Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
Vitalii VasylykInstitute of Mathematics, NAS of Ukraine
Vasyl OstrovskyiInstitute of Mathematics, NAS of Ukraine
Dmytro SavchukUniversity of South Florida
Viacheslav RabanovichInstitute of mathematics, NAS of UkraineThere are a lot of mathematicians who expressed some points of view that are different from Russian Government's one. They will be in danger being in Russia with such a record. And even this comment can be the record.
Igor BurbanUniversity of Paderborn, Germany
Taras BanakhIvan Franko National University of Lviv
Iryna BanakhIAPMM, NAS of Ukraine
Lyubomyr Zdomskyy University of Vienna, Austria
Nikolai IorgovBogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyiv, Ukraine
Viktor LevandovskyyRWTH Aachen University, GermanyThe protest is against the ruling regime, and not against mathematicians in Russian Federation
Andrii AnikushynTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Pavlo PylyavskyyUniversity of Minnesota
Dmitry KernerBen Gurion University, Israel(see the comment of Andrey Gogolev)
Dmitri MaslovIBM
Boris ChornyUniversity of Haifa (Oranim), IsraelApart from all the political reasons mentioned above, Russia is not a safe place to visit due to government's policy to take hostages in attempt to release FSB affiliated criminals in other countries. See the recent story of Naama Issachar, as well as the detention of Qatari wrestlers in the transit zone of a Moscow airport after the assassination of Zelimkhan Yandarbiev in Doha (2004).
Petr OgarokRussia, MIPT, MS student
Roman NikiforovNational Pedagogical Dragomanov University, Ukraine
Rostyslav Yamnenko Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Pavlo PyshkinInstitute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Wigner Research Centre, Hungary
Alexei KonstantinovKyiv National Taras Shevchenko University
Michael SchlosserUniversity of Vienna
Alexandre EremenkoPurdue University
Robert HuangUSA
Roman ChernihaInstitute of Mathematics of NASU, Kyiv, Ukraine
Nikolay SheshkoPoland
Steve HuntsmanUSA
Paul WirkusRWTH Aachen University, Germany
Jonathan GorardUniversity of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Sasha Ananin (Alexandre Ananin)Department of Mathematics at the State University of São Paulo (branch at São Carlos), São Paulo State, Brazil
Anthony BonatoRyerson University, Canada
Aleksei KozlovMoscow Aviation University
Sean Sather-WagstaffUnited States
Artem GureevUniversity of Western Ontario
Ivan YaroslavtsevMax Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences
Alexander VengerDubna State University, Russia
Philip SinkCarnegie Mellon University, United States
Morgan OpieHarvard U, USA
David YangHarvard University
Siyan Li-HuertaHarvard University in the United States
Peter ParkHarvard University, USA
Théo de Oliveira Santosundegraduate student at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Mahrud SayrafiUniversity of Minnesota, United States
Andrew HardtUniversity of MinnesotaI fully support Russian mathematicians, and Russia-based mathematicians. Holding the ICM in Saint Petersburg amounts to condoning the continuing Russian aggression and abuse, as well as the detention of several Russian mathematicians in opposition to the current regime. Until the Russian government can tolerate political dissent, I believe that holding the ICM meetings there would be unwise and unsafe.
Sanchit ChaturvediStanford U
Roeland MerksLeiden University, The Netherlands
Leonid PrigozhinBen-Gurion University of the Negev, IsraelThe case of Azat Miftakhov was fabricated. Freedom to Azat!
Juris SmotrovsUniversity of Latvia, Latvia
Mykhaylo TyomkynCharles University, Prague. Czechia
Azza GaysinCharles University in Prague
Khodabakhsh Hessami PilehroodFields Institute
Yiwang ChenUniversity of Michigan
Andrzej RucińskiAdam Mickiewicz University, Poland
Ashwin IyengarKing's College London
Nikolay ShcherbinaUniversity of Wuppertal, Germany
Julia GordonCanada
Serhiy IvashkovychUniversité de Lille, France
Anakin DeyUnited States
Habiba KadiriUniversity of Lethbridge
Michelle ManesUniversity of Hawaii, United StatesWe all deserve to be safe at mathematics meetings. We cannot support a meeting in Russia right now.
Michael laceyGeorgia Institute of Technology
Tarik AougabHaverford College
Nicholas CahillUniversity of UtahI am tremendously embarrassed that my advisor accepted the invitation to be a plenary speaker at this event.
Yuri SulymaBrown University, USA
Leah LeinerTemple University, United States
Héctor Chang-LaraCIMAT
Beatriz HormansederUFES
Rachelle BouchatUnited States
Semen SłobodianiukPoland Warsaw University
Oleksandr MisiatsVirginia Commonwealth University
Eric KatzThe Ohio State University, United States
Valerii SamoilenkoTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Sergey NeshveyevUniversity of Oslo
Anatolij PrykarpatskiIvan Franko State Pedagogical University of Drohobych, Lviv region, UkraineI support Russian organizations fighting with the regime
Oleksand MokliachukNational Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”
Oleg LimarchenkoTaras Shevchenko Kiev National University, Ukraine
Anatoliy PogoruiZhytomyr Ivan Franko State University, Ukraine
Yaroslav ZhukTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Anna SukretnaTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Mykhailo HorodniiTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Andrii ChaikovskyiUkraine, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University
Alexander IlchenkoTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine
Kateryna SemenovychKyiv Taras Shevchenko national university, Ukraine
Igor ParasyukUkraine / Taras Shevchenko National University of KyivAgree with the reasons to boycott
Oleksandr BorysenkoTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Igor ShevchukTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Alexander BalinskyCardiff University, United Kingdom
Oleksandr StanzhytskyiTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
Volodymyr DilnyiIvan Franko State Pedagogical University of Drohobych, Lviv region, Ukraine
Ivan MatsakDoctor of Sciences, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Nicolas DirrCardiff University While previous hosts did not have an unblemished human rights record either, the aggressive attempts of the Russian regime to destabilise democracies in other countries, state sponsored murders of its critics, its disregard for internationally recognised borders and the fact that LGBT mathematicians and mathematicians who disagree with the regime and its allies cannot feel safe in Russia make this case different. The event should be transferred to another country.
Anatolij PlichkoVolodymyr Vynnychenko Central Ukrainian State Pedagogical University
Sergey Mozgovoy IrelandAs of 2021, there are more than 13000 casualties of the war in Ukraine. There are 1.5 million people who fled from the east of Ukraine to other areas of the country and 1 million people who fled to Russia. On the other hand, the authoritarian regime in Russia finds itself in the process of power transfer caused by life constraints of the top officials. This process leads to political turbulence and results in human rights violations (such as imprisonment and tortures) very high even by the standards of that regime. It would be preposterous to expect from mathematicians any signs of empathy for human suffering, especially at the prospect of social networking and other benefits provided by ICM. I respect my colleagues too much to assume that they will not find very good reasons to put their love and devotion to science above some insignificant and momentary political differences. Yet, I suppose, it could be not completely useless to express my own stance on the event.
Iryna Bodnarchuk Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Oksana BezushchakTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Viktor Tkachenko Institute of Mathematics National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Volodymyr KoshmanenkoProfessor, Institute of Mathematics, NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Andriy ZagorodnyukVasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University
Sergei TrofimchukProfessor, University of Talca, Chile
Andriy OlenkoLa Trobe University, Australia
Oleksandr BurylkoInstitute of Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Anatoly DemyanchukColumbia college Vancouver, Canada
Sergii KuzhelPoland
Heather LeeUniversity of Washington, USA
Liliia MyroniukAssociate Professor, Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University, Ukraine
Volodymyr KyrylyukGlushkov Institute of Cybernetics, Ukraine
Thomas KoberdaUniversity of Virginia, USA
Ira HerbstUniversity of Virginia, United States
Sara MaloniUniversity of Virginia, USA
Maksym TsizhAstronomical Observatory of Lviv UniversityMathematics is inconsistent with menthal slavery
Anatoliy SwishchukUniversity of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
Mariya SvishchukMount Royal University, Calgary, Canada, Associate Professor
Yuriy VolkotrubJagiellonian University/Poland
Taras Mel'nykTaras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Khaled QazaqzehKuwait UniversityI agree with the reasons of this boycott especially the point about the air strikes of Syria.
Nina OtterQueen Mary University of London
Owen TannerScotlandAs a Bisexual mathematician involved in political activism and outreach towards the LGBT+ community, I would be unsafe personally visiting Russia. On top of this, the causes outlined including Azat's case are terrible to see. I don't think it is an appropriate choice for those reasons.
Amy Beth PragerSACNAS
Ian RunnelsVanderbilt University, US
Santana AftonUnited States
Kenan InceWestminster College (Utah), United StatesAs a queer and nonbinary person, and as someone who believes firmly in the right to political protest, I pledge to promote this boycott in my mathematics circles
Philip ChodrowUnited States
Christopher PerezLoyola University New Orleans
David FuterTemple University, USA
Ralph MorrisonWilliams College
Thomas StojsavljevicBeloit College, United States
Orion KolevThe Pennsylvania State University, USA
Ashwath RabindranatGermany
Lior SilbermanThe University of British Columbia (Canada)
Daniel LittUnited States
Ben Blum-SmithNYU Center for Data Science, The New School (USA)
Changwei ZhouUnited States
Benjamin DickmanThe Hewitt School, USAItem 3 among the reasons to boycott – "Discrimination of LGBT people" – is sufficient for me to join as a signatory. I hope others in mathematics and adjacent disciplines will give these items, and others, their due consideration.
Tim HosgoodUniversity of Stockholm
Eddie FullerFlorida International University
Mason PorterUniversity of California, Los Angeles (USA)
Dmitry AblovRussia, teacher
Rebecca BellovinUniversity of Glasgow, UK
Lewis Bowen UT Austin, USA
Arpan SahaInstitute of Mathematical Sciences, SpainIn solidarity with Azat Miftakhov
Dmitry RachinskiyUniversity of Texas at Dallas
Tomas JuškeičiusInstitute of Computer Science of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Vadym KurylenkoSISSA, Italy
Ronnie PavlovUniversity of Denver, USAHolding this conference in a place where LGBTQ+ mathematicians cannot possibly feel safe is an incredibly poor decision.
Matas ŠileikisInstitute of Computer Science of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Michał Tomasz GodziszewskiUniversity of Warsaw; University of Łódź
Sami DoubaMcGill University
Peter MoodyMaster's student, University of Bonn, Germany
Thomas ManopuloGermany / Master's student, University of Bonn
Arthur MassarGraduate student at Universität Bonn, Germany
Bárbara MunizGraduate student at University of Bonn, Germany
Gianmario Palleschi Italia
Alessandro NantoGermany / Master's student, University of Bonn
Abhishek ShivkumarUniversity of California, Berkeley
Mattia De SantisItaly / student, La Sapienza
Sam LinderothStockholm University, Sweden
Cheng LyVirginia USA
Jeremy TeitelbaumUniversity of Connecticut, USA
Adam CoffmanPurdue University Fort Wayne, USA
Ben WebsterUniversity of Waterloo/Perimeter Institute (Canada)
Henry TowsnerUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA
Tarik AougabHaverford CollegeFor the record, I would oppose (and join any pre-existing effort to boycott) an international mathematics conference being co-sponsored by the US government as well. Let this effort serve as an important precedent to mathematicians everywhere: oppressive state apparatuses have no claim or business in our spaces.
Lukas Daniel KlausnerSt. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Fabrice OrgogozoCNRS & IMJ-PRG (Sorbonne)
Marissa LovingGeorgia Tech (USA)
Jason MillerCalifornia State University Channel Islands
Aniruddha SIndia/ Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal
Heidi GoodsonBrooklyn College, CUNY
Volodymyr NekrashevychTexas A&M University, USA
Julien RoussillonSweden
Juliette BruceUniversity of California, Berkeley, USA
Pierre SchapiraSorbonne University
Marco RobaloSorbonne Université
Ingrid BeltitaInstitute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy
Ivan IzmestievVienna University of Technology, Austria
Jianxiang ChenFudan University
Bianca VirayUniversity of Washington
Jon HilleryUC Berkeley, USA (Undergraduate)
Tim HsuSan Jose State University, USA
Lasse RempeUniversity of Liverpool, UKIn solidarity with Ukraine, LGBTQ+ mathematicians, and those politically persecuted for their opinions - and with regret to my Russian friends and colleagues - I have to support this boycott.
Tim NetzerUniversity of Innsbruck, Austria
Peter KuchmentUSA
Dylan ThurstonIndiana University, Bloomington, USA
Benjamin GolubNorthwestern University
Myron Minn-Thu-AyeUniversity of Connecticut, USA
Gene KoppPurdue University, USA
Gabriela GuzmanInstitute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Science
Michael GroechenigUniversity of Toronto, Canada
Christopher WongUnited States
Nicola PaganiUniversity of Liverpool
Stefan DziembowskiUniversity of Warsaw
Mikhail OstrovskiiSt. John's University (USA)
Tetyana MamchychUkraine, Sweden
Walter BergweilerUniversity of Kiel, Germany
Damian SawickiKU Leuven, Belgium
Oleg LisovyyUniversity of Tours, France
Bidisha RoyInstitute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Oliver RothGermany
Mathias VetterKiel University, Germany
Rodrigo Hernandez-GutierrezUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Iztapalapa, Mexico
William HartUnited States
Kasia JankiewiczUniversity of California Santa Cruz, USA
Ilya KapovichHunter College of CUNYPutin's invasion of Ukraine is a crime against peace and a crime against humanity. An ICM cannot be held in Russia under these circumstances.
Joachim KönigKorea National University of Education, South Korea
Simon BeckerNYU
Grażyna HorbaczewskaUniversity of Łódź Poland
Joern SteudingGermany
Simone RamelloWWU Münster, Germany
Denis BenoisUniversity of Bordeaux (France)
Olga KuznetsovaAalto University, Finland
Detlef MüllerUniversity of Kiel, Germany
Riccardo BrascaUniversité de Paris
Jonathan LombardyUnviersity of Volkystagg
Wojciech TralleUniversity of Virginia
Ken OnoUnited States/ University of Virginia
Daniel PlaumannTU Dortmund University
Mark WilsonUSAIrrespective of one's opinions about the other points listed here, the invasion of Ukraine has crossed a line that makes participation ethically impossible.
Alec TraasethUniversity of Virginia, USA
Igor KhavkineInstitute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of SciencesIn light of the Russian government's aggression against Ukraine, the ICM 2022 cannot in good conscience be held in St Petersburg.
Giuseppe Persiano Italy -- U. Salerno
Vita Leonessa University of Basilicata / Italy
Charlotte Ure University of Virginia
Leonid Petrov University of Virginia STOP THE WAR NOW
Norbert Steinmetz Germany
Harrison Chen Academia Sinica
Thomas Mark University of Virginia
Badri Vishal Pandey United States
Evangelia Gazaki University of Virginia
Michael Schultz Virginia Tech (USA)
Alexey Gorelov Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow, Russia I am ashamed of the behavior of my country. As a researcher from Russia, I believe that the Congress should not be held here.
Ben Stucky Beloit College
Daniel Max Hoffmann University of Warsaw Feb 24th, 2022 - people are dying.
Terence Gaffney United States of America As I write this, Russia is invading the Ukraine. All those who work to advance human knowledge must stand together against this attack against self-determination and the freedom to pursue your own thoughts. Moving the site of ICM 2022, would be a good start to a rebuke of the Putin regime by the scientific community.
Eleftherios Chatzitheodoridis University of Virginia (USA)
Rafał Latała University of Warsaw
Juraj Foldes University of Virginia, USA
Jerzy Tyszkiewicz University of Warsaw, Poland
Ira Herbst University of Virginia, USA
Natalie Stewart United States of America
Václav Mácha Institute of Mathematics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Prof. Wolfgang Woess Institute of Discrete Mathematics, Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), Austria I'm firm on the request for boycott, but I'm very unhappy that this is linked with giving data to google
Martin Rasmussen Imperial College London, United Kingdom Putin is a despicable criminal and we need to stand up against his agression against Ukraine. The most important event for mathematicians must not take place in Russia.
Leszek Plaskota Poland
Ole Bueker Korea University In light of the Russian government's aggression against Ukraine, the ICM 2022 cannot in good conscience be held in St Petersburg.
Gleb Polevoy University of Paderborn
Thomas Polstra MSRI & University of Virginia, USA
Slawomir Lasota University of Poland, Poland
Ondřej Kreml Institute of Mathematics, Czech Academy of Sciences
James Rovnyak University of Virginia, United States
Jayadev Athreya University of Washington, USA
Charlie Conneen University of Virginia, USA
Bartłomiej Polaczyk University of Warsaw, Poland
Sargei Rehmani University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Ben Hayes University of Virginia While I have many friends and colleagues both in Russia and of Russian decent in mathematics, I cannot support an ICM in Russia due to the military action in the Ukraine and the safety concerns of LGBT mathematicians.
Michał Fabisiak University of Warsaw, Poland
Wanda Niemyska University of Warsaw
Michael R. Pilla Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Lutz Mattner Universität Trier, Germany Let us hope for an ICM in a peaceful and liberal Russia in the not too far future.
Paul-Emile Paradan France
Zvezdana Kish University of Virginia, USA
Kevin Costello Perimeter Institute, Canada
Abhay Chaudhary Miami University
Alan Hammond U.C. Berkeley It is untenable to hold the ICM in St Petersburg given the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Michał ZającPoland
You Qi University of Virginia, USA
Paweł Bechler University of Warsaw
Andrew Brown England
Mikhail Tikhonov University of Virginia I was extremely happy and excited to know that the congress will be held in my motherland. Now, especially with last events, I'm just terrified.
Alistair Windsor University of Memphis, USA
Piotr Tempczyk UW
Justin Michael Curry University at Albany, State University of New York
Thomas Hagen University of Memphis, United States
Jarosław Wiśniewski University of Warsaw, Poland
James T. Campbell University of Memphis, Memphis TN USA
Jessica Schirle University of California, Irvine, USA
Timothy Campion Johns Hopkins University
Witold Marciszewski Uniwersity of Warsaw, Poland
Wille Shih-Wei Liu Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik
Harry Richman University of Washington, USA
John Carlos Baez University of California Riverside, USA
Alberto Saracco Università di Parma, Italy
Martin Tangora University of Illinois at Chicago (USA)
Gregg Zuckerman United States
Rishabh Gvalani Max Planck Institute, Leipzig
Kitty Yang United States
Ping XU Penn State University
Fred Fung The Australian National University Show solidarity with the Ukrainian people suffering from the unprovoked war launched by the Russian government. Holding the ICM in Russia will inadvertently indicate the advocation for Putin's regime from the mathematician community.
Simone Linz New Zealand
Egor Pluzhnikov Math student, Faculty of Space Research, MSU (Russia)
Arnaud Beauville Université Côte d'Azur — France
David Bevan University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Karolina Kropielnicka IM PAN
Leonhard Frerick Trier University, Germany
Josue Ortega Queen's University Belfast
Jacopo Ulivelli La Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy
Graham Reeve Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom
Tamara Kohler Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas, Madrid
Karin baur University of Leeds
Bas Lemmens University of Kent (UK)
Atulya Nagar Liverpool Hope University
Farid Ibrahimov University of Liverpool
Olivier Dudas CNRS & Université de Paris, France
Maciej Falkiewicz University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) Geneva, Switzerland
Pedro Benjamín Barquero-Salavert Generalitat de Catalunya
Andrew Foulkes Liverpool Hope University, UK No
Peter LeFanu Lumsdaine Stockholm University, Sweden Especially since the invasion of Ukraine, the IMU must recognise both that travel to Russia is unsafe for many mathematicians, and that the congress would lend legitimacy to a government that is committing enormous crimes against humanity.
Jochen Wengenroth Universität Trier, Germany
Marek Majewski Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Lodz
Antonio Azzollini Università della Basilicata
Elia BisiTechnische Universität Wien
Andrzej BliklePoland
Francisco LetterioStudent / Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina, Argentina
Shashank PathakIndia
Anna AchingerPoland
Mee Seong Im United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD With the Russia-Ukraine conflict going on with an increasing number of civilian causalities, now is not the time to be hosting ICM2022 in Russia.
Carl Lian Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
Dmitry Gourevitch Weizmann Institute of Science As Fred Fung wrote: Show solidarity with the Ukrainian people suffering from the unprovoked war launched by the Russian government. Holding the ICM in Russia will inadvertently indicate the advocation for Putin's regime from the mathematician community.
Kacper Kania Warsaw University of Technology
Anton Mosunov University of Waterloo In view of Russia's aggression towards Ukraine, it is in the best interest of mathematical community to move ICM 2022 out of Russia. St. Petersburg was a city of Euler and Chebyshev. Now it is a city where thousands of Russians protesting against the war get beaten and imprisoned.
Julie Bergner University of Virginia, USA
Samuel Harris USA Move the ICM, now.
Shubhrajit Bhattacharya Chennai Mathematical Institute Mathematics is a symbol of peace and is against war.
Tom Braden University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Michał Strzelecki University of Warsaw, Poland
Tania G. Benitez University of Liverpool, UK
Ostap Hryniv Durham University, UK
Antonio Ricciardo Champalimaud
Nicholas Kuhn University of Virginia, USA
Aleksander Doan Columbia University
Sarah Scherotzke University of Luxembourg
Khoa Le TU Berlin
Rostyslav Kozhan Uppsala University, Sweden no major event should be held in Russia until their troops leave Ukraine
Marta Strzelecka University of Graz, Austria
Gaven Martin Institute of Advanced Study, Massey University, New Zealand
Ewa Damek Poland
Tomasz Rzepecki Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Poland
Yulia Kuznetsova University Bourgogne Franche Comte, France After the war has broken off, this congress just cannot take place.
Piotr Borodulin-Nadzieja University of Wrocław
Krzysztof Dębicki University of Wrocław, Poland
Piotr Kowalski Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Poland
Peter Chadwick UK Please do not support Russia under Putin.
Kathryn Lund Max-Planck Institute Magdeburg, Germany
Rodney Downey Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Piotr Biler University of Wroclaw, Poland
Sergej Monavari Utrecht University
Jan Dobrowolski University of Manchester
Rod Gover University of Auckland
Misha Verbitsky IMPA, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil I am not sure if I have signed this letter already, because the treatment of political prisoners is a sufficient cause already to cancel the ICM in Russia. However, the current situation with the war in Ukraine leaves us no other choice, and the congress has to be cancelled regardless of this terrible situation with imprisoned and tortured political activists. Current Russia is a state which can be compared to Nazi Germany in too many different aspects. It cast itself out of the civilized society and has no right (or ability) to host the international congress. The congress obviously should be cancelled, there is nothing to discuss here.
Dr. Dimitri Volchenkov Texas Tech Unievrsitry, Texas, USA
Olga Goulko UMass Boston, USA
Sasha Tsymbaliuk Purdue University It will be a shame for the entire ICM organization to hold it in the country that has invaded Crimea in 2014, and is now assassinating the second largest country of Europe in the 21st century!
Rodrigo Pérez IUPUI What is the IMU afraid of? Money spent in the organization? The Calculus of Freedom, the Geometry of Decency are higher order arguments. Do the right thing or be remembered.
Vladimir Berkovich Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel Can one imagine ICM in Germany in the summer of 1941?
Maryam Zadeh France
Julien Duval Université Paris Saclay, France
Diego Corro Universität zu Köln
Jakub Gogolok University of Wrocław, Poland
Andrei Gabrielov Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, USA
Fock Vladimir Université de Strasbourg, France
Maria Gillespie Colorado State University I am boycotting especially because of the new war with Ukraine.
Clément Erignoux INRIA Lille
Laytimi Fatima Lille university
Caterina Calgaro France - Université de Lille
Vanessa Rivera Quiñones BeCode, Belgium
Yelyzaveta Yampol Ukraine Stop war in Ukraine, stop Russia
Jacek Gałęski Uniwersity of Warsaw, Poland
Duco van Straten Institut für Mathematik, Johannes Gutengerg University Mainz The invasion of Ukraine is a crime and under these circumstances the ICM cannot be held in Russia. It is all very sad.
Albertas Zinevičius Vilniaus universitetas, Lithuania