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Life and Death in Russia, the 16th Annual Aleksanteri Conference in Helsinki takes a multidisciplinary look at welfare policies in Russia.

Visiting Fellows' Seminar Series: Irina Olimpieva (Centre for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Andrey Rostovtsev (Dissernet)
Aleksanteri Institute seminar room (Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor)

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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.

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”.

Speaker of Kazakhstan’s Parliament visited University

The speaker of the Lower Chamber of Kazakhstan’s Parliament (Mazhilis) Nurlan Nigmatulin gave a public lecture at the University of Helsinki on 21 October. In his speech, the speaker covered a wide range of topics concerning Kazakhstan’s reforms during its independence and the country’s future directions. He extensively spoke of co-operation between Finland and Kazakhstan, especially in the fields of education and clean technology. The themes are timely because the next world exposition will take place in Astana in the summer 2017. The theme of the exposition is “Future energy” and also Finland will showcase its energy expertise in Kazakhstan’s capital.

Aleksanteri Conference "Life and Death in Russia"

This year’s Aleksanteri Conference Life and Death in Russia will focus on various dimensions of Russian welfare and social policy. Read more here or visit the conference website. Conference takes place 26-28 October 2016.

Registration for conference participants is open until 21 October 2016.

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.  

Aleksanteri Insight 4/2016 Rustam Urinboyev


Russia needs to be understood not only in terms of its formal politics and macro-level developments, but also in terms of everyday micro-level spaces of power, writes Rustam Urinboyev.

Aleksanteri Insight 4/2016: Migration and Parallel Legal Orders in Russia

New publication: Authoritarian Modernization in Russia


The book: Authoritarian Modernization in Russia: Ideas, Institutions, and Policies, edited by FiDiPro Professor Vladimir Gel'man (Aleksanteri Institute) has been published by Routledge.
The book is published in series Studies in Contemporary Russia. Series Editor Markku Kivinen and the editorial board of the series represent the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies.

The book Authoritarian Modernization in Russia will be presented more specifically during the 16th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference, October 26-28, 2016: Life and Death in Russia.

New online guide to boost the use of information resources

ResearchGuide to Russian and Eastern European Studies helps students and researchers find the most relevant library and online resources in the field of Russian and Eastern European studies including books, journals, articles and electronic resources. The guide provides you with an ample collection of databases and portals as well as tips on using them, news from the special libraries and links to theses, archives and statistical sources etc. While majority of the sources are open access, some are only available in the University of Helsinki network.

ResearchGuide to Russian and Eastern European Studies has been compiled by the Helsinki University Library, the Slavonic Library of the National Library of Finland and the library of the Aleksanteri Institute. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvement!

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!

Aleksanteri News 2/2016


The summer issue of Aleksanteri News is now online and print copies will be available any minute. This issue contains information on the brand new MA Programme in Russian Studies as well as the first ever FRRESH Summer School for doctoral students.

International study opportunities also include a popular management course "Managing Cultural Diversity" first introduced in the spring term of 2016.

In this issue we are happy to introduce our 13 visiting fellows for the coming academic year and proud to announce a few exciting new projects as well. And of course, there is also a reportage on the Aleksanteri institute Anniversary Seminar. Read it on pages 4-5 if you haven't got the time to watch the videos.


Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


RussiaHUB Helsinki

Recent Publications

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