5 Sep 15:15 Gamla Toget 3
Seminar "Putting the cart before the horse? Critical reflections on the study of ‘Russian information warfare’" with Bettina Renz (University of Nottingham)

12 sep 15:15 Gamla Torget 3
Seminar "Драматургия Чехова как импортный товар: трансгрессия переноса" with Lyudmil Dimitrov (Sofia)


1 mar 2017, Eurasianet
Russia: The Specter of Revolution

22 feb 2017, UNT
Oriktigt, falskt, grundlöst

22 feb 2017, SR
Margot Wallström möter Sergej Lavrov i Moskva

25 dec 2016, SvD
När luften gick ur kommunismens imperium

25 nov 2016, Dagens ETC
Surrogatboom i laglöst  Georgien

27 okt 2016, SvD
Professor: Därför biter inte sanktioner på Ryssland

13 okt 2016, Utrikesmagasinet
Syrienkriget en rysk kamp för en ny världsordning

19 sep 2016, Aftonbladet
Misstanke om fusk i ryska valet

16 sep 2016, SVT
Val i Ryssland (starts on 15 min)

9 sep 2016, Perspektiv
Rysk geopolitik under lupp

25 jul 2016, Profile 
Султаны сами не уходят

15 Jun 2016, Radio France International
La droitisation de la Lettonie


Ingvar Svanberg i Vetenskapsradion "Djurskydd och publikfrieri"

Intervju med Susanna Witt "Bridging the Gap Between Slavic Studies and Translation Studies"

Interview with Greg Simons "The Craziest Black Market in Russia"

Li Bennich-Björkman took part in the forum "Europe with a view to the future"

Summer greetings 2017

Summer is here and most of us at the UCRS are soon going on vacation.

The spring term has been a highly productive period for us at the UCRS. During the spring term, we have organized six major international conferences on subjects as diverse as geopolitical thinking in post-Soviet fiction and gender politics in the Arctic. The term ended with an annual conference entitled "The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later" held in Tartu in early June. The conference was organized in collaboration with the University of Tartu and Kent within the framework of the three-year "TWINNING" project funded by the EU's "Horizon 2020" program. During the past term, a number of guest researchers from, among others, Ukraine, Canada, Estonia and Belarus have stayed at the Center. Finally, we have had an exciting and varied seminar program with researchers and practitioners who have held talks around various themes – from capitalism in Russian to party politics in modern Estonia.

Seminar program for the fall term will be uploaded on our website in August.

We at the Center want to thank everyone who has been involved in our activities in various ways and wishes everyone a nice and relaxing summer!

UCRS at the Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies

On 4-6 June our colleagues took part in the Second Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies. This year’s conference entitled “The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later” gathered experts in a whole variety of fields from comparative politics, international relations and economics to history, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies.  

The Tartu Conference is organized jointly by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies at the University of Tartu, the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, and the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University. The conference is financially supported by the European Commission under a Horizon 2020 Twinning project entitled “Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies at the Universities of Tartu, Uppsala and Kent" (UPTAKE).

Visit conference homepage to find out more. 

World leading researchers discuss recent development in Ukraine

On 18 and 19 May UCRS arranges a large-scale international conference "QUO VADIS UKRAINE? Taking Stock of a Quarter Century of Disappointment" where world-leading experts will discuss post Soviet developments in Ukraine. 

The purpose of the conference is to provide a multi-disciplinary outlook of Ukraine’s socio-economic and political development over its quarter-century independence history. Leading political scientists, historians, economists and sociologists from around the globe will draw on state-of-the-art research to explain driving forces, obstacles, and prospects of Ukraine’s state-building, democratic consolidation and economic restructuring.  

The conference will explore the interplay of history, institutions, and society as factors shaping Ukraine’s past and present, and will build on such analysis to develop an informed and evidence-based outlook of the country’s future, reflecting successes and failures of the Ukrainian reforms up to date.   

The conference will be a unique opportunity to learn from distinguished social scientists and who’s who in Ukrainian studies about a country in the heart of Europe with a 45 million population, which has become critically important for stability, security and democratic development in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.

Visit conference webpage to find out more about the event.

UCRS hosted an international symsposium "The Gulag in Writings of Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov: Fact, Document, Fiction"

This week UCRS arranged an international symposium "The Gulag in Writings of Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov: Fact, Document, Fiction". This symposium brought together Shalamov and Solzhenitsyn scholars in order to address a number of key themes and concepts such as fiction and fact, document and trace, memory, evidence, and authenticity. This semester we are arraning three more conferences. On 8-9 May we are hosting an a conference entitled "Conservatism in the Post-Soviet Context: Ideology, Worldview, or Moral Choice?", while on 18-19 May we are arranging a conference dedicated to the developments in Ukraine. We will conclude this semester with a second annual Tartu conference on Russian and East European Studies "The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later".

About UCRS

UCRS is an integrated multi-disciplinary long-term research program with an in-depth focus on recent developments in Russia, and in the post-Soviet space. It is designed to meet the highest international standards of scientific excellence and spans across the humanities and the social sciences, as well as law and theology. Read more...


Alaksiej Michalevic 1 Sep-31 Aug
Mikhail Maslovskiy 15 aug - 14 sep

Complete guest researchers list 2017


To see more publications from the UCRS, please go to Publications.

Mikhail Suslov 'Framing and foreign policy: Russian media control and human rights,’ in Doutje Lettinga & Lars van Troost (eds.), Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: Russia (Amnesty International: Strategic Studies, 2017): 65-74.

David Smith (ed.) "Latvia - A Work in Progress?". Ibidem, ISBN 978-3-8382-0648-6

Mikhail Suslov, "Holy Fools in the Digital Age: Strategies of Self-Positioning in the Russian-language Orthodox Blogosphere", Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 25, no. 1 (Winter 2017): 63-85 


Mikhail Suslov, Chapter 5,Russian Orthodox Church and the Crisis in Ukraine,’ in Thomas Bremer and Andrii Krawchuk (eds.), The Churches in the Ukrainian Crisis (Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017): 133-162.

Mikhail Suslov, "Eurasian Symphony: Geopolitics and Utopia in Post-Soviet Alternative History", in Mark Bassin and Gonzalo Pozo (eds.) The Politics of Eurasianism: Identity, Popular Culture and Russia's Foreign Policy (London; New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), pp. 81-100

Elias Götz, "In the hegemon’s shadow: leading states and the rise of regional powers", Global Affairs

Sabira Ståhlberg and Ingvar Svanberg, ”A Russian Polar Bear in Stockholm: Notes on Animals Diplomacy”. Svenska Linnésällskapets Årsskrift 2016, pp. 107–116.

Marina Henrikson "Nation-Building in Times of Conflict: The Discursive Construction of Russian National Identity through the Russo-Georgian War" PhD Thesis, Manchester, UK: The University of Manchester;

Martin Kragh and Sebastian Åsberg "Russia’s strategy for influence through public diplomacy and active measures: the Swedish case" Journal of Strategic Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2016.1273830

Revich, B. A., Avaliani, S. L. & Simons, G. J., "Air Pollution and Public Health in a Megapolis: a Case Study of Moscow" Ekonomika Regiona [Economy of Region], Vol. 12, Issue 4, 2016, pp. 1069–1078

Suslov, M., ‘Russian Orthodox Church in Search of the Cultural Canon,’ Transcultural Studies: A Journal in Interdisciplinary Research 12, no. 1(2016): 39-65. 

Kaposhka, U., & Bedford, S., "Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2016: Something Old Something New”, Baltic Worlds, October 10 2016

Granberg, L. and A-M. Sätre (2017), The Other Russia: Local Experience and Societal Change, London and New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group

Viktor Ulicsni, Ingvar Svanberg  and Zsolt Molnár, "Folk knowledge of invertebrates in Central Europe - folk taxonomy, nomenclature, medicinal and other uses, folklore, and nature conservation". Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 12:47 (October 2016)

Mikhail Suslov, Chapter 4,The Rhetoric of (Un)Laughter in the Russian-Language Geopolitical Debates on the Ukrainian Crisis,’ in Mervi Pantti (ed.) Media and the Ukrainian Crisis: Hybrid Media Practices and Narratives of Conflict (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016): 53-70.  

Kåre Johan Mjør, "A morphology of Russia? The Russian civilisational turn and its cyclical idea of history," i Katja Lehtisaari & Arto Mustajoki (eds.) Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations of Russian Modernisation (Routledge, 2017), 44-58. 
Sofie Bedford, Laurent Vinatier, Leila Aliyeva, and Vugar Goyajev ‘Failed Opposition’ Reconsidered: Dynamism and Changing Paradigms in Azerbaijan. In Kaj Hobér, ed., Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies. Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing: London. 2016. 104-122. 
Sofie Bedford, “To Participate or Not to Participate– That is the Question. Electoral Strategies of the Azerbaijani Opposition”, Parliamentary Elections in Azerbaijan. Caucasus Analytical Digest 79, 3 December 2015. 
Хансен Джули "Как понимать трансъязыковой текст: русские имена, культурные аллюзии и игра слов в романе «Жизнь Суханова в сновидениях» Ольги Грушиной." Социальные и гуманитарные науки на Дальнем Востоке. № 2 (50) 2016. Стр. 58-69.
Mikhail Suslov (ed.), 2016.  "Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World. The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0". Ibidem-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8382-0871-8

Fabian Linde, "State Civilisation: The Statist Core of Vladimir Putin’s Civilisational Discourse and Its Implications for Russian Foreign Policy." Politics in Central Europe 12, no. 1 (2016): 21-35.