Russia and the FSU: Looking Backward, Looking Forward

The Finnish Graduate School for Russian and East European Studies and the NordForsk network “Northern Europe – From Cold War Division to Restructured Europe” organizes the seminar Russia and the FSU: Looking Backward, Looking Forward 31 May -1 June, 2007 at the Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor.


Thursday 31st May 10 am – 1 pm

Russia and the near abroad: Past meets present

Anu Mai Köll (BEEGS, Södertörns College, Stockholm):
The legacy of the Second World War in the Estonian-Russian relationship

Jeremy Smith (University of Birmingham and Aleksanteri Institute):
National leadership in the Soviet republics

Ronald Suny (University of Michigan):
Thinking about Empire: Tsarist Russia, the USSR and the Russian Federation    


Friday 1st June 10 am – 1 pm

Which way for Russia? Looking forward to Presidential and parliamentary elections

Edwin Bacon (Birkbeck University):
Looking forward by looking back? The democracy discourse of the Putin regime

Luke March (University of Edinburgh):
Left foot forward? Just Russia and the Kremlin’s virtual opposition

Richard Sakwa (University of Kent):
Factionalism and the Putin succession


We kindly ask you to confirm your participation to Ms Elina Vanamo,
elina.vanamo[at], latest by 28.5.2007

Printable programme (pdf)