MIT accepted over $51 million from Russian foundation later deemed security risk by U.S. government

Nov 28, 2020 by

Since 2014, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has accepted over $51 million in monetary gifts from the Skolkovo Foundation, a relationship the Department of Education recently deemed a national security risk.

In a recent report, the Education Department criticized the partnership between MIT and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, saying it amounted to “conducting sensitive research in conjunction with an adversarial government.”

“While the Department does not police subject matter, the public should be aware of such partnerships that concern national security,” the report reads.

According to databases of foreign contributions to American institutions of higher education maintained by the Education Department, the Skolkovo Foundation made five monetary gifts to MIT totaling $51.5 million between March 2014 and February 2016. In addition, MIT also accepted a $30 million “contract” from an unnamed Russian source in December 2019.

A spokesperson for MIT declined numerous requests by The College Fix to comment for this story.

On October 26, 2011, MIT and the Skolkovo Foundation created the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (nicknamed “Skoltech”), a joint venture with the goal of “empowering Russia’s technology

Source: MIT accepted over $51 million from Russian foundation later deemed security risk by U.S. government | The College Fix

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