RussiaHUB Helsinki

leading centre of knowledge on russia by 2020

The world needs new tools to get a grip on Russia. Helsinki has all the crucial elements to provide them. RussiaHUB Helsinki strives to significantly widen and deepen the Finnish know-how on Russia by promoting close and relevant cooperation between academic, economic and political actors of the greater Helsinki area.

Helsinki is a city with an exceptionally high number of organisations and businesses with a focus on Russia, as well as high-level academic expertise on Russian politics, economy and society. We have the potential to become a gateway to Russia and global hub that combines insights from research, politics, business and society. To take full advantage of this potential, and to respond to the growing need for expertise on Russia, the Aleksanteri Institute has established a new platform: RussiaHUB Helsinki.

Promoting multilevel cooperation

RussiaHUB Helsinki is a wide consortium uniting key actors in the Helsinki region who work with Russia. It consists of a number of higher education institutions and research centres, businesses, policy makers, governmental organisations and NGOs. In addition, it has a large network of international partners. RussiaHUB Helsinki provides opportunities and resources for cooperation, both in academic research projects and non-academic projects.

Resources for research and societal impact

RussiaHUB Helsinki is a part of the University of Helsinki’s 375th anniversary fundraising campaign. The goal is to promote top-level research by establishing new professorships and research projects that increase our understanding of Russian society, politics and economy. A further goal is to establish new innovative forms of collaboration and thus bring research and society into closer contact. Pending successful fundraising, RussiaHUB Helsinki will introduce RussiaHUB Class, a programme for politicians and researchers to meet and exchange ideas. Another initiative is RussiaHUB Camp, where top-level experts gather in Helsinki to solve global-scale problems.

RussiaHUB Helsinki Activities


A new research project, Russian MediaLab: Freedom of Expression and Critical Journalism in Russia (funded by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation) was launched at the kickoff seminar on 25 January at the Aleksanteri Institute. This is the first research project to be conducted within the RussiaHUB Helsinki initiative, and therefore has a strong outreach to society through an active dialogue between researchers and journalists. Read more Aleksanteri News 1/2016, page 5.

RussiaHUB Helsinki and Business Team for Russia JOINT seminar:
Yegor Gaidar's Legacy: Solutions for Russia's Current Economic Crisis?

Tuesday 6 October, at 16:00-18:00 (Coffee will be served at 15:30)
University of Helsinki, Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33, Hall 5 (3rd floor)

As the father of privatization Yegor Gaidar was among the people responsible for the ambitious economic reforms after the Soviet Union's disintegration. Are there any resemblances between the economic crises of the 1990s and the one Russia experiences today? Could Gaidar's insights on economic reform and policy contribute to the resolution of Russia's contemporary economic crisis?

Esko Aho, Executive Chairman (East Office), Executive in Residence (Aalto University)

Vladimir Gel'man, Finland Distinguished Professor (University of Helsinki and European University at St. Petersburg, Russia)
Markku Kivinen, Professor, Director (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki) 

Laura Solanko, Senior Advisor (Institute for Economies in Transition BOFIT, Bank of Finland)
Esko Aho, Executive Chairman (East Office), Executive in Residence (Aalto University)

Seminar invitation (pdf)

RussiaHUB Helsinki and Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX) seminar:
From CCCP to ERC - The unexpected life of a soviet scientist, dissident and intellectual

On Thursday 17 September, at 14.00-15:30
ThinkCorner, Porthania, University of Helsinki
Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki

Professor Sergej Zilitinkevich lived and worked through the turmoil that defined the twentieth-century Russia: siege of Leningrad, prison camps and the fall of the Soviet Union. He was able to create an extraordinary scientific career contributing to environmental physics and atmospheric sciences. In 1990, professor Zilitinkevich left the Soviet Union and continued his successful academic work in Scandinavia and Germany. Today, he works at the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the University of Helsinki and holds the ERC Proof of Consept and Academy of Finland grants.

Welcome to the event during which professor Zilitinkevich tells about his inspiring life and scientific career. Opening words by Academy Professor Markku Kulmala (Atmospheric Sciences, University of Helsinki) and Professor, Director Markku Kivinen (Aleksanteri  Institute, University of Helsinki).

Invitation (pdf)

Roundtable for Diplomats on Finland - Russia relations

Ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic community from over 20 countries gathered to the Aleksanteri Institute to hear Finnish experts reflect on Finland - Russia relations and their development after the recent parliamentary election. The event on May 26th was the first in the series of RussiaHUB Helsinki Roundtable for Diplomats. The aim is to provide the diplomatic community with current and reliable, research based insights on Russia and facilitate open and mutually beneficial discussions on important topics.

The world's most referred geoscientist joins RussiaHUB Helsinki

Several major academic projects, two Centers of Excellence and RussiaHUB Helsinki with its partner organisations form a unique initiative that will have a world scale impact on combating the climate change and challenges of northern Eurasia. The key actors in the new cooperation at the University of Helsinki are Markku Kulmala, professor of Aerosol and Environmental Physics, the world's most referred geoscientist; and Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, professor in Russian Energy policy, an internationally renowned expert in energy and environmental policy.
The cooperation will be officially launched on 17th August, 2015.

RussiaHUB Helsinki was launched in November 2014

RussiaHUB Helsinki's pop up week in the University’s Think Corner in November 2014 gave a first glimpse of what RussiaHUB Helsinki is and what it strives to become. The impact and possibilities of the new consortium were also discussed in an interview with FiDiPro Professor Vladimir Gel'man in December 2014.

For more information about recent and upcoming RussiaHUB Helsinki events, please see the Finnish site.

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