Institute Events

Visiting Fellows' Seminar Series: Ivan Sablin (Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg and Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki): Discussing Democracy: Ideas, Institutions, and Practices in North and East Asia, 1905–1917
TIME: 2.15 pm
VENUE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor Meeting room

Workshop: Digital Research Methods meet Russia and Eastern Europe workshop
TIME: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
VENUE: Aleksanteri Institute Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor meeting room
The two first talks will be in English, but rest of the talks will be in Finnish.
Sign up for the workshop by November 30, 2016 here:

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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.

Article about political and financial issues concerning Arctic

Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen discusses about Arctic intense situtation in the text called Wither the Arctic?

Tynkkynen ponders how Finland will survive as the chair of the Arctic Council. The position will last for the 2017-19 term.

Read the whole article from University of Helsinki's News.

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.

Two final reports on Russian security policy

Final reports of projects funded by the Prime Minister's Office and coordinated by the Aleksanteri Institute stress the importance of context for understanding contemporary Russia. Russian security policy – research in Finland and development trends in Russia by Anna-Liisa Heusala, Emilia Pyykönen and Markku Kivinen recommends creating a Russian security research strategy in support of the knowledge base for decision-making. Choices made in Finland should take account of the implementation of long-term objectives in Russia. Choices should not be made on the basis of views concerning the current situation alone. After 'hybrid warfare', what next? – Understanding and responding to contemporary Russia by Bettina Renz and Hanna Smith (eds.) sees openness and inclusion of different opinions as an important factor in public debates in the West.

Aleksanteri Insight 5/2016
Meri Kulmala: Child welfare reform in Russia


It is a major risk in child welfare reform in Russia to focus on decorative institutional renovation, writes Academy of Finland Post-doctoral Fellow Meri Kulmala.

Aleksanteri Insight 5/2016: Child welfare reform in Russia

Aleksanteri News 3-4/2016


Issue 3-4 of the Aleksanteri News is out now. This special issue is dedicated mainly to the Aleksanteri Conference 2016 “Life and Death in Russia” and contains the detailed programme of the Conference. The Newsletter also introduces our keynote speakers – prominent names from the research field. The “Face of the Month” is the Aleksanteri Conference Coordinator and Post-Doctoral Researcher Marina Khmelnitskaya. In her interview she comments on the Russian policy-making process, drawing upon examples from the housing sphere.

In addition, our special Conference Issue of the Aleksanteri News presents new publications related to the Institute. These include among others, the latest titles in our very own new book series with Routledge “Studies in Contemporary Russia”.

New publication: Migrant Workers in Russia


The book: Migrant Workers in Russia: Global Challenges of the Shadow Economy in Societal Transformation, edited by Senior Researcher Anna-Liisa Heusala and Postdoctoral Researcher Kaarina Aitamurto (Aleksanteri Institute) has been published by Routledge in series Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series.

Further information about the content and writers here.  


This week on Faces of Aleksanteri: Markku Kangaspuro

Director of Research, Professor Markku Kangaspuro was interviewed for Aleksanteri News 1/2010 when he was starting to head a project within a larger international Memory at War collaborative research project. What does Markku think today as Aleksanteri Institute's strengths throughout its history? What keeps him most motivated in his work? Read it in Faces of Aleksanteri blog!


Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


RussiaHUB Helsinki

Recent Publications

See database TUHAT for all publications by our staff members