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Visiting Fellows' Seminar Series: Barbara Gaweda (University of Edinburgh, UK): Recent gendered political mobilizations in Poland: the ‘war on gender’ and the ‘black protest’

Visiting Fellows' Seminar Series: Luke March (University of Edinburgh, UK): Our countries, right or wrong? Russian and US nationalism compared

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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.

17th Aleksanteri Conference "Russia's Choices for 2030"

17th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference entitled "Russia's Choices for 2030" will be organised on 25-27 October 2017 in Helsinki. The Conference will focus on Russian actors, who are making the choices on the way to 2030; explore the multiple structures and environments within which these actors are making these choices; and analyse the legacies of the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods which, in turn, are shaping Russia’s choices. The deadline for submitting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals is 15 May 2017.

New Postdoctoral Researcher to the Russian MediaLab project

PhD Mariëlle Wijermars starts as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Russian MediaLab project. In particular, her research interests include contemporary Russian politics, propaganda and censorship, the politicisation of history and the use of media as a tool of national and foreign politics in Eastern Europe. Read more »»

The European Union, Russia and international challenges

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Mr. Péter Szijjártó, visited University of Helsinki on 22nd of February hosted by Aleksanteri Institute and its Director of Research, Professor Markku Kangaspuro. The topic of Minister Szijjártó’s guest lecture was: The future of the EU and the relations with Russia from the perspective of Hungary.


Aleksanteri Insight 1/2017 A local perspective on energy development in the high north

To date, the impact of the federal energy policy on local sustainable development has not been systematically investigated, writes Daria Gritsenko.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2017: A local perspective on energy development in the high north

Russian Media Lab seminar brought together media researchers and journalists

The multidisciplinary research project Russian Media Lab, coordinated at the Aleksanteri Institute, organized the seminar “Active Media Spaces: Dialogues on Russian Media, Culture and Institutions” in St. Petersburg 19 through 20 January 2017. The seminar’s panels concentrated on the current developments of Russian media landscape, addressing both institutional and grassroots tendencies. One of the seminar’s highlights was the roundtable “Media Literacy and Media Education in Russia Today,” which introduced the viewpoint of St. Petersburg-based journalists and media professionals to the research community. 

Praises for Competition in Socialist Society

Competition in Socialist Society (Routledge, 2014), edited by Katalin Miklóssy and Melanie Ilic, has been reviewed in Contemporary European History with praises. According to the book review, “the book conceptualises Eastern European history in fresh ways”. The volume is based on a three-year international collaborative project, Competition in Socialist Society (2010-2012).


Module about Eastern European studies


East within Europe – Jean Monnet Module aims to synthesize Eastern European area studies and European integration studies and lighten the role of the former socialist countries in the European integration. It offers a current view to Russia and Eastern Europe through a matter that has only accentuated due to ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The Module consists of three intensive courses of different topics.

Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


RussiaHUB Helsinki

Recent Publications

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