25 Oct 15:15 Gamla torget 3
Seminar “Religious Visions as Respons to Trauma and Oppression: Testimonies of Marian apparition in the Soviet Lithuania" with Rasa Balockaite (Kaunas)

27 Oct 14:30 Gamla torget 3
Election Analysis Seminar "Georgia’s elections – a victory for Kvirikashvili?" with Barabara Lehmbruch  (UCRS), Christofer Berglund (UCRS), and Per Eklund (former head of the EU delegation in Georgia)


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"

We remember Honorary Doctor, journalist and author Kjell Albin Abrahamson

Honorary Doctor, journalist and author Kjell Albin Abrahamson has passed away.

Kjell Albin devoted his professional life to Central and Eastern Europe. As a journalist, he reported for Swedish Radio about the dramatic events that he observed, often first-hand, in these parts of Europe. The Cold War, the fall of communism, the demise of the Soviet Union, the Balkan wars, the arduous road towards a market economy and democracy, and the entry of several of the countries into the EU were all subjects of his analyses and reports, marked by curiosity, humor, insight and clarity. With his literary work and journalism, Kjell Albin contributed in an unusually high degree to the increase in Swedish society of knowledge about and interest in the countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Kjell Albin's broad knowledge of different spheres of society, geographically, politically and sociologically, was impressive, and his powers of observation and ease when it came to animating politics, everyday life, historical events and meetings with people also made him a popular public person.

In 2014, Kjell Albin was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The appointment was a confirmation not only of his life achievement as a journalist and writer but also a testament to how he inspired research at Uppsala University. Over the years, Kjell Albin was awarded several prestigious literary and journalism awards, including the Jolo-Prize in 2006. The themes of his books can be described as an intellectual journey that crossed the boundaries of journalism, public education and scholarly work. His books in consequence were often used in academic teaching. This applies in particular to books that grappled with post-communist developments in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Books such as Från stormakt till Big Mac (1991), Balkan betyder berg (1995) Polen: diamant i aska (1997), Vitryssland: 89 millimeter från Europa (1999), Sverige och Polen: Szwecja i Polska (2000), UKRAINA YKPAÏHA - Öster om väst, väster om öst.

We remember Kjell Albin as a warm, devoted and honorable friend. As a person, he was always humble and unconventional. Above all, we remember his constant curiosity about people and his unfailing observation of events. We will miss him.

Claes Levinsson

UCRS contributes to the modernization of doctoral studies in Azerbaijan

Uppsala University is partner in the Erasmus+ Capacity Building project NIZAMI which aims at reforming doctoral studies in Azerbaijan in line with European standards. Coordinated by the University of Montpellier, the consortium brings together ten universities from Azerbaijan and six from Europe as well as the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan. Over the course of three years (2015-2018), the project organizes a series of conferences to discuss future perspectives and recommendations for a national reform of doctoral studies in Azerbaijan. Uppsala University is in charge of coordinating a work package on internationalization. From September 26-28 the International Office and the Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies host the NIZAMI project for a meeting in Uppsala. The topics to be discussed are internationalization, quality standards and structuring doctoral education. UCRS researcher Dr. Sofie Bedford takes part in the workshop as a member of Uppsala’s group of experts and advisors for Nizami. Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson will open the conference with a speech on Monday, September 26.   

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 2017
Uku Lember 1 Sep 2016-15 Sep 2017

Complete guest researchers list 2016


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

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

Sätre A.-M.& Granberg L., The Other Russia. Local Experience and Societal Change. New York, NY, Routledge, 2017

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.
Jason E Strakes, “Incapacity, Endowment and Ambivalence: Deciphering Azerbaijan’s Regional Leadership Strategy”, in Jacqueline Ann Braveboy-Wagner ed Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South: The Search for Leadership, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016, pp. 293-317.

Greg Simons “The Russian Orthodox Church Toward a New, Global Role?”, Cicero Foundation Great Debate Paper No. 16/06, 2016.

Kåre Johan Mjør "Eit evig Russland: Oleg Platonov, Institutt for russisk sivilisasjon og nasjonaliseringa av russisk tenking," Nordisk Østforum 30 (2), 2016, 98-117.
Sven Eliaeson, ”Max Weber’s Methodology and the Comparative Sociology of Religion”, in Review Internationale de Philosophie, Numéro 2/2016, pp 253-272.
Fabian Linde, ”Future Empire: State-Sponsored Eurasian Identity Promotion Among Russian Youth”, in Eurasia 2.0: Russian Geopolitics in the Age of New Media 149-165. Edited by Mark Bassin and Mikhail Suslov. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.