Luoksa blog have reported on the persecution of Russian scientist Valentin Kochnev. The reason of the baiting, in V. Kochnev opinion, is his scientific advance. The beginning of this harassment can be counted since the actions of Russian Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations (FANO) clerks, who illegally did not allow Valentin to enter his room, who took possession Valentin’s personal documents and belongings on April 11, 2017 and still hold it (today, when we are preparing this material, is already January 16, 2019!).

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Luoksa blog: Valentin,  your paper «Equilibrium state energy: Atoms» published in Chemical Physics, mentions that the work has no affiliation to Russian Academy of Science. What does it mean?

Valentin Kochnev: Almost for two years from April 2017, Russian Academy of Sciences in face of IGIC RAS administration (N.S. Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry) does not allow me to enter my workplace. I conducted the above mentioned investigations entirely by myself, without any RAS resources.

On late evening of 11 April, 2017 I couldn’t came in to my housing — a room in hotel ‘Dom aspiranta & stagera N1’ (DAS-1) in Moscow, where I lived for more than five years. With me there was my sister Irina, at that time a graduate student of the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, she stayed in the same hotel. At the entrance to the hotel a group of employees appears in front of us saying that we could not pass, because we no longer live here. Then Irina was allowed to pass, but I was not. Irina has recorded part of the episode on the video

It should be noted that I lived there on the basis of a contract, that was not and still is not canceled. I just was not passed to the home.

On the video one can hear the hotel employee saying that I no longer live in the hotel, that I cannot enter into the building and my room’ door lock was replaced.

I called the police. The patrol arrived in more than an hour. They did not even bother to interrogate the hotel workers. I was taken to the police office where I was kept until the late night. Finally they drawn up the protocol and let me go.

It was remarkable situation — late night, subway (metro) was already closed, I had nowhere to go…

I waited till the morning and went to my work at the institute. I reached to administration and explained them that I was not passed into my room. By the administration I was told that this is not their concern.

Same day in the evening I was not passed again to the hotel. Moreover, the hotel staff threatened me by promising to break all my bones.

Since I had nowhere to stay in Moscow I decided to went to Minvody. The leftovers of money I had in my pocket was exactly enough to buy the cheapest ticket.

Almost all my personal belongings and documents, including my university diplomas and certificate of PhD in Chemistry, remained at the hotel DAS-1. Since that time I am living in Minvody.

Back in April 2017 I have appealed to the prosecutors with a demand to investigate the situation.

The prosecutors answered that the police refused to initiate a criminal case. The prosecutors canceled the police refusal. After that, I have received several more letters from, for some strange reason, different Moscow prosecutor’s offices with the same thing: the police decree was canceled, the case was under investigation.

Luoksa blog: And what is finally?

Valentin Kochnev: Nothing. «Law Enforcement» — in really big quotes! — by my opinion, simply is covering the employees of the DAS-1 hotel. Had the police and the prosecutors not been patronizing the crime committed against me, then further terrible events would not happend for me. And my scientific discoveries would be the property of Russia.

Luoksa blog: How did FANO responded to the situation?

Valentin Kochnev: At the beginning they lied that everything was legal, because I allegedly had not paid the hotel accommodation fee.

Later on they had to admit that I paid for the stay, but FANO has lied that I allegedly repeatedly violated the rules of staying in the hotel.

Luoksa blog: Who confirmed these «violations»?

Valentin Kochnev:  Nobody.

Finally FANO has lied that I … have invented the whole story! That allegedly no one ever confronted me on 12 April 2017 to prevent entering into my room and that I have simply decided to move to Mineralnye Vody leaving to store  my personal belongings in the hotel, to say, for free.

Luoksa blog: Сlear. Is anything known about your belongings and documents now?

Valentin Kochnev: Nothing is known. Essentially I was robbed. I have no idea what is going on there now, whether my belongings and documents are still there or have already been stolen by marauders.

Luoksa blog comment: FANO harassment of Valentin Kochnev  and «Law Enforcement» clearly covering these illegal actions — if it is not a crime, then what is it?.

On how V. Kochnev’ employer — N.S. Kurnakov IGIC RAS — behaved in this situation read in our next interview with Valentin Kochnev. 

Russian version


Luoksa blog introduces a series of articles about baiting in Russia of Valentin Kochnev, scientist in the field of physical chemistry, whose only “fault” is his scientific achievements. The first part of the cycle is a story of two scientific articles recently published by Valentin Kochnev.

Luoksa blog reference:

V. K. Kochnev
Valentin Kochnev

Valentin Kochnev was born in 1983 in Murmansk, Russia. His mother is a chemistry teacher and father is an ichthyologist scientist. In 1988 family relocated to Mineralnye Vody, Stavropol region, Russia.

Parents took care of Valentin and his younger brother Yuri’ schooling by organized family education. Valentin and Yuri had enough of free time for sport activities and to attend children Art School. Valentin has graduated from the Art School with honors.

Education: M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University of fine chemical technologies (aka MITHT) and Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science of M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). V. Kochnev was a graduate student at MITHT and doctoral studient at N.S. Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences (IGIC RAS).

Valentin Kochnev has a degree of Candidate of Chemical Sciences (PhD). The thesis defended in 2009.

Valentin was rejected from doctoral dissertation defendence by the way of organized provocation with illegal and fictitious (!) dismissal from the position of senior researcher at IGIC RAS. Who and how did they do it — see the future Luoksa publications.

Meantime, we discuss Valentin Kochnev’s two just out articles, published in Russian Doklady Phys. Chem. and in American journal Chemical Physics. (Doklady Phys. Chem. is intended for scientific articles publication of priority importance; Chemical Phisycs is an authoritative scientific publication of the United States, a kind of style icon of the world physical chemistry):

Luoksa blog: Valentin, what are these articles about?

V. Kochnev: These papers are devoted to exploiting a fermionic expression, a new method of the many-electron systems energy exact calculation.

In the 21st century, despite the large scientific field of so-called quantum-chemical calculations we are still very much restricted in computational capabilities to predict something in chemistry. Moreover, the problem is not so much the computional technology but the lack of definity in one key issue — what a electronic energy functional is?

In my works for the first time the exact answer to this question was given — strictly formally — thus, this is the exact answer! — and it had been illustrated by calculating energies of atoms.

To understand the essence of the question, it is useful to make a short historical excursion at the junction of quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.

In the 20th century, scientists developed more or less accurate methods for calculations of energies of atoms and molecules. In principle, the calculations of many-electron systems, to which almost any molecules in chemistry belong, became possible after the appearance of well-known Hartree-Fock theory [4].

Without diving into details of the method and its modifications, it can only be noted that the most accurate of them have so-called exponential computational complexity.

One of the following milestones in quantum chemical methods is the equally well-known Hohenberg-Kohn theory [5].

Again, without going into details it can only be noted that in the 1970s many of the most widely used computational methods arised in terms of electron density functional theory. They have a polynomial computational complexity, that is, they are significantly less demanding for computational resources, allowing approximate energy calculation of even such large molecules as DNA. The variety of methods was not due to the progress of computational methods, but to the ignorance of the exact form of the Hohenberg-Kohn electron density functional and manifold of hypotheses about what the formula would look like. It turned out to be impossible to specify the accuracy of such calculations, except for the simplest situations.

On the other hand, thermodynamics indicates that the electron energy distribution in the equilibrium state of the electron gas has a very specific form, known in physics as the Fermi-Dirac statistics. The desire of many researchers to describe the electron density of atoms and molecules in terms of thermodynamics was somehow mistakenly opposed to the Hartree-Fock theory.

In equilibrium thermodynamics, energy commonly can be expressed in terms of the corresponding partial values, for example, chemical potentials of gas components (energy is proportional to the number of particles).

The assumption that the energy of an atom or molecule simply could be proportional to the number of electrons was expressed in the scientific literature in the 20th century at least once for a decade. And was opposed to two serious counter-arguments.

First, the adherents of the Hartree-Fock theory saw a similar proportionality in spirit of absence of interactions between electrons (as if there were no interactions between them at all and they not repelled), and perceived it as an unacceptable coarse hypothesis.

Second, the idea to apply a thermodynamic description to an individual molecule raised the question of the number of particles sufficient for the system to be described statistically.

There is only one electron in a hydrogen atom, while in scientific community it is sometimes possible to hear the opinion that thermodynamics begins to “work” when the number of particles is at least 10^4 …

The second question was a stumbling even for legendary American scientist Robert Parr — co-author of one of the most popular methods of the approximate electron density functional theory — B3LYP. In 1978 Parr published a paper [6] formalizing the concept of electronegativity in quantum mechanics and proposed a «thermodynamically-like» description of molecules. Despite this description itself was not developed, it gave rised the concept of hard and soft acids and bases of Pearson that is very well known in chemistry [7].

In my work [1] a simple and strictly formal variational derivation of the equilibrium conditions of the electron gas is presented, when the mentioned proportionality occurs as the main variational result. Exploiting that in [3], the homogeneity of the general form of the electron density functional is proven. Using the known form of the functional, the atomic energies of the whole Periodic table are calculated, and the values obtained are in excellent agreement with the most accurate data.

Luoksa blog: Wonderful! But for many our readers the conclutions stated above could be probably understood clearly if we say this: Valentin Kochnev was the first in the world who refined the theory of calculating the energy of electron density, created a mathematically exact method for calculating the energy of atoms of all chemical Elements, including those not yet discovered. Is it correct?

Valentin Kochnev: Yes.

Luoksa blog: Where is it needed in practice to know the exact values of the energy of atoms?

Valentin Kochnev: For example, for the new materials calculation. The country that masters the automated technologies of materials investigation in the sense of finite elements method, will receive an undeniable world leadership in the field of creating the most important materials needed in the most diverse areas of modern technology — military, space, medical …

Luoksa blog: By the way, was it right to publish your work in the open press? May now competitors bypass Russia based on your discoveries? But let us continue this topic of why do you publish so important discoveries in the open access press in futhure conversations. Thanks for the interview!

Luoksa blog: Valentin Kochnev made a scientific discovery of world importance.

But as we have already said in Russia against Valentin Kochnev is organized a persecution in the worst Soviet traditions. This will be discussed in our next publications.

Original version / Russian version


[1] V. K. Kochnev. Ensemble N-representability and electronegativity, absolute electronegativity in gas, published online by Author, Wed. 09 Sep 2017.
[2] V. K. Kochnev, A.D. Isotov, Absolute electronegativity in gas, Doklady Phys. Chem. 479 (1–2) (2018) 61–65,
[3] Valentin K. Kochnev, Equilibrium state energy: Atoms. Chemical Physics 517 (2019) 247–252;
[4] V.A. Fock, The problem of many bodies in quantum mechanics, J. Exp. Theor. Phys. (in Russian) XVI (7) (1936) 943–954,
[5] P. Hohenberg, W. Kohn, Phys. Rev. B. 136 (864–87) (1964) 1,
[6] Parr, R.G., Donnelly, R.A., Levy, M., and Palke, W. E., J. Chem. Phys., 1978, vol. 68, no. 8, pp. 3801–3807,
[7] Pearson, R.G., Coord. Chem. Rev., 1990, vol. 100, pp. 403–425.