Institute Events

29.8. at 13
Doctoral Defence: Hanna Smith: "Russian Greatpowerness: Foreign policy, two Chechen wars and international organisations" 

4.9. at 14:15
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Olga Kniazeva: Opposition and Dissent in Petro-States: International Oil Markets and Political Mobilization

11.9. at 14:15
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Charles Walker: Masculinities and Wellbeing in Contemporary Russia

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Location & Connections

Welcome to the Aleksanteri Institute!

The Aleksanteri Institute functions as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. The Institute promotes cooperation and interaction between the academic world, public administration, business life and civil society, both in Finland and abroad.

Kikimora News: Finnish eastern trade discussed in English

Finland was the only developed market economy to trade with the Soviet Union on a bilateral basis until the collapse of central planning. In contrast with Eastern European countries, Finnish authorities - and public opinion as well - have traditionally argued that this trade was particularly profitable for the Finnish trade. This is claimed to be true both at the company level and for the Finnish economy as a whole.

An English-language discussion on these issues has been lacking so far. The new title Trading with the Soviet Union
The Finnish Experience 1944–1991
by Pekka Sutela aims to bridge this gap.

The book was published in Kikimora Publications Series B (Kikimora Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe) in June 2014.

Markku Kivinen received the City of Helsinki Science Award

The City of Helsinki Science Award was handed to professor Markku Kivinen on Tuesday June 10th by the Deputy Mayor Ritva Viljanen.

The award is a recognition of professor Kivinen's position as one of the leading theoreticians on Russian society and his diverse expertise on all questions related to Russia. Kivinen has also actively influenced the science policies making Finland one of the leading countries in Russian studies.

The City of Helsinki Science Award has been granted since 1996 for significant scientific work accomplished in Helsinki or by a citizen of Helsinki.

Aleksanteri Insight: Russia and the EU


Russia has increasingly acted in a belligerent manner towards the EU, which has set the new tone for the Russia-EU relationship, writes Irina Busygina, a visiting fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute.

Aleksanteri Insight 3/2014 (pdf)

147 paper proposals for the Aleksanteri Conference 2014

Call for Papers for the 14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference "Reconstructing State and Society in Russia" was closed on Friday, 15th May. Altogether 147 paper proposals and 13 proposals for panels were submitted by the deadline. Letters of acceptance will be sent by June 19th and registration will open in September. The organisers wish to thank everyone for their proposals!

Keep an eye on the conference site to stay informed about the process, programme development and speakers!

Three doctoral defences from REEES in May 2014

MA Dmitry Yagodin defended his thesis "The Blogization of Journalism. How Blogs Politicize Media and Social Space in Russia" at the University of Tampere on May 17th, 2014.

MA Laura Lyytikäinen defended her thesis "Performing Political Opposition in Russia - The Case of the Russian Youth Movement Oborona" at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki on May 23rd, 2014.
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MA Miia Ijäs defended her thesis "Res publica redefined? The Polish-Lithuanian transition period of the 1560s and 1570s in the context of European state formation processes" at the University of Tampere on May 31st, 2014.

The Finnish Doctoral Programme for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES) is a multidisciplinary Doctoral Programme for postgraduate students.

Post-Socialist Societies and Cultures

The Aleksanteri Institute offers an intensive, interactive course entitled Post-Socialist Societies and Cultures as part of the Helsinki Summer School -programme. Read more about the course and how to apply at the Helsinki Summer School site.

Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


Recent Publications

See database TUHAT for all publications by our staff members


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