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Post-Soviet Dilemma: Increased number of stray dogs

Many postcommunist countries have large numbers of stray dogs. In several localitites in Russia poisoned meat has been put out to keep the number of strays down. Before major events, such as the Winter olympics in Sochi, mass culling has been announced. Dog rights activists rather suggest sterilization programs and animal shelters.

By Ninna Mörner View Comments

Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations in Russian discourse

Huntington’s theory is more relevant now than ever in Russian discourse. The background for this is the growing religious awareness among Muslims and the growth of Russian nationalism, which fills the void left after the collapse of communism; the strengthening of the Orthodox Church; and President Putin’s recent anti-West campaign.

By Ingmar Oldberg View Comments

Shalamov rediscovered: when a poet writes prose

The shift from a primary focus on Shalamov’s prose to a more comprehensive approach which includes his poetic, biographic, and dramatic works informed the conference throughout its three days.

By Josefina Lundblad View Comments

Economies of favors or corrupt societies? Exploring the boundaries between informality and corruption

The only functioning system for transactions in the Soviet Union was in fact blat, the system of corruption and tacit agreement and alliances among all parties involved in a given transaction, is here argued. The “knowing smile” was a shared signal for those in the system.

Essay by Alena Ledeneva View Comments

Andrey Bely Prize

Irina Sandomirskaja, professor of cultural studies at CBEES, Södertörn University, was awarded the most prestigious Russian prize for literary scholarship, [...]

By Irina Sandomirskaja View Comments

Fatherhood Across space and time Russia in perspective

Fatherhood in Russia today is a vague institution. The role of the father is developing in several directions at the same time, both in state policies and in the private sphere. The lack of coherence is somewhat surprising since active, engaged fatherhood has proven to be an important factor to reverse declining birth rates, which is a key factor behind Russia's current demographic crisis. On the other hand Russia has a legacy of absent fatherhood inherited from Soviet times. Thus, Russian fatherhood is still under construction. The political scientists, Johnny Rodin and Pelle Åberg, address different perspectives on fatherhood in previous research in order to put contemporary Russia in perspective.

Essay by Johnny Rodin & Pelle Åberg View Comments

Russia as enfant terrible. In the eye of the ”others”

The 13th Annual Aleksanteri Conference “Russia and the World”, which took place in the main building of the University of Helsinki, October 23–25, was dedicated first and foremost to Russian foreign policy.

By Irina Kotkina View Comments

Vikings as transmigrant people A new approach to hybrid artifacts

The wish to ethnically classify everything found in the Viking Age trading locations has led archaeologists to neglect the fact that material in those ethnic categories displays not only similarities but also frequent variations, argues the author. She calls for acknowledgment of the differences and variations within those presupposed ethnic categories.

Essay by Lina Håkansdotter View Comments

Wastewater treatment plant in St. Petersburg: Progress, but not enough

A new treatment plant in St. Petersburg could eventually be built, despite initial resistance. It is the outcome of a successful joint project, funded by the Nordic Council and the EU. St. Petersburg's water consumption has also decreased significantly. A challenge remains for St. Petersburg; getting neighboring cities to clean their drains. Not many mil away waste flows directly into the Baltic Sea.

By Ann-Louise Martin View Comments

Corporate Raiding in Post-Soviet Russia

Hostile takeovers and company captures have been an everyday reality in the post-Soviet Russian economy. A new research agenda is needed to understand whether private property is worth anything in contemporary Russia.

By Ilja Viktorov View Comments