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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.

Christmas break at the Aleksanteri Institute 22.12.- 6.1.

The Aleksanteri Institute would like to thank everyone for fruitful cooperation in 2014. We wish you happy holidays and all the best for the coming year!

The office of the Institute will be closed between 22.12.2014 and 6.1.2015.

Rectruitment news

The board of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies has chosen Dr. Meri Kulmala (University of Helsinki) and Dr. Anna Lowry (Indiana University) for the position of post-doctoral researcher. MA Minna Hakkarainen was chosen for the position of planning officer (international affairs). Sincere thanks to all applicants for excellent applications!

Best publications in political science awarded by RPSA

  The monograph "Платить нельзя проигрывать: Региональная политика и федерализм в современной России authored by postdoctoral researcher Andrey Starodubtsev and published by EUSP Press, ranked number three in the competition of the best Russian publication in political science in 2014. The award is given annually by The Russian Political Science Association (RPSA). 


New project looks at the role of consultants in Arctic energy

Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen will be leading a new four-year project entitled Assessing Intermediary Expertise in Cross-Border Arctic Energy Development at the Aleksanteri Institute beginning in January 2015. The project aims at finding out how intermediaries engage in valuation practices that drive the location and content of pivotal conversations on Arctic oil and gas extraction.

Katalin Miklóssy's team shortlisted in Helsinki Challenge

Helsinki Challenge

Katalin Miklóssy's team Unbounded pedagogy! University teachers without boundaries has been selected for the shortlist of the Helsinki Challenge competition. Twenty teams compete for a prize of €375,000. Katalin's team invents and implements new methods of teaching and introduces them to restricted democratic environments.

Read more on Helsinki Challenge. The winner will be announced in November 2015.

A new consortium - RussiaHUB Helsinki - will be launched at the University of Helsinki's Think Corner on 17.-21. November 2014.

RussiaHUB Helsinki brings together key actors in research, business and politics, thus strengthening Helsinki's profile as a center of Russian expertise. The theme week at Think Corner aims to give a glimpse of the vast array of knowledge already developed by the organisations in the Helsinki region and provide a platform for intensifying cooperation.


The events and materials are so far only available in Finnish. Please contact us to get information in English!

RussiaHUB Helsinki is one of the top projects of the Helsinki Insight 375 campaign.

Two senior researchers chosen for the Centre of Excellence

The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, Choices of Russian Modernisation, has chosen Dr. Anna-Liisa Heusalafor the position of senior researcher for the period of 1.1.2015-31.12.2016 and Dr. Jukka Pietiläinen for the period of 1.1.2015-31.12.2015. We'd like to thank all candidates for good applications.

Special session began the 14th Aleksanteri Conference

The 14th annual Aleksanteri Conference has gathered over 400 participants in Helsinki during October 22-24. The conference got a kick start today at 10.00 in a Special session by Maria Lipman, Arkady Moshes, Nikolay Petrov and Stephen Hanson. The session, entitled "Russia after 2014" drew a large audience in the Small hall of the University of Helsinki's Main building.

The conference was be officially opened by Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja at 12.00.

For more photos and conference news, see the Aleksanteri Institute's Facebook page.

.Aleksanteri News 4/2014 - Special conference issue


The conference issue of Aleksanteri News contains the programme of the 14th Aleksanteri Conference Restructuring State and Society in Russia. We are also happy to introduce to you the five keynote speakers Alexander Etkind, Stephen E. Hanson, Oleg Kharkhordin, Alena Ledeneva and Maria Lipman, and give information about the conference venues.


Looking past the busy conference week, we'd like to remind you of the upcoming Visiting fellows call in January 2015 and, of course, present our current visitors. Upcoming events include two doctoral defences and the launch of RussiaHUB Helsinki.

Aleksanteri Insight 5/2014 - Vladimir Gel'man


The project of authoritarian modernisation has been sacrificed for the sake of securitisation in Russia, writes Vladimir Gel'man in issue 5/2014 of Aleksanteri Insight, entitled "The Ukrainian Crisis and Russia's Domestic Agenda".

Take a look at the previous issues of Aleksanteri Insight here.


Programme of the Aleksanteri Conference published

The 14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference "Restructuring State and Society in Russia" will take place in Helsinki on 22-24 October 2014. The conference programme including over 60 panels and plenary sessions has now been published at the conference site.

Keynote speakers of the conference are Alexander Etkind, Stephen E. Hanson, Oleg Kharkhordin, Alena Ledeneva and Maria Lipman. The conference will be opened on Wednesday October 22nd at noon by Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja.

All events are free and open to public. Online registration required in advance.

Competition in Socialist Society

The concept of "competition” is usually associated with market economies, while the socialist system, based on command economic planning and state-centered control over society, was supposed to emphasise "co-operation". However, various forms of competition found their way into a wide range of industries and social fields across the Soviet bloc.

How and why did the mechanisms of competition develop at state, enterprise and grassroot level? What impact did competition have in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe?

A new book edited by Katalin Miklóssy and Melanie Ilic shows how the gradual adoption and adaptation of Western practices led to the emergence of more open competitiveness in socialist society. Competition in Socialist Society was published in 2014 by Routledge.


Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


Recent Publications

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