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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.

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.


Call open for postdoctoral and senior researchers at the CoE

The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies is looking for creative, motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral and senior researchers conducting research on modernisation in Russia for a fixed term of 1–3 years, starting from 1 January, 2015.

The call is open until 22.10.2014.

For detailed information, please see Open Positions

Special call: Central Asia Fellowships

The Aleksanteri Institute invites highly qualified scholars conducting research on topics related to Central Asia in a field relevant to the Aleksanteri Institute’s research agenda to apply for a 1-3 months research stay at the Institute.

The call is open until 28.10.2014 and the research visits should take place between 1.2. and 17.7. 2015.

For detailed information, please visit the programme site.

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

See database TUHAT for all publications by our staff members


Helsinki Insight