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ITN MARKETS project meeting

The first in-person meeting of the Innovative Training Network “Mapping Uncertainties, Challenges and Future Opportunities of Emerging Markets: Informal Barriers, Business Environment and Future Trends in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (MARKETS)” took place in Istanbul, Turkey, on…

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Ekaterina Vorobeva at the Sixth Annual Tartu Conference

Ekaterina Vorobeva participated in the Sixth Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies that took place in Tartu, Estonia, on June 12-14, 2022. Organized by the Centre for Eurasian and Russian Studies at the University of Tartu, the conference is a platform for academic debates on…


Research visit to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Ekaterina Vorobeva paid a research visit to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen in May 2022. The Institute brings together dozens of researchers from anthropology, sociology, and political studies. It is one of the leading centers for…

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The power of Russian siloviki - The Sun interview

Michael Rochlitz gave an interview to The Sun newspaper about the Russian security services, the so called siloviki. Michael commented on the growing power of the siloviki in Russia and Putin’s increasing reliance on them since 2012. He also discussed the frustration of many security services with…

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Alessandro Belmonte at IERP Economic Colloquium

Alessandro Belmonte, Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Urbino (Italy), was invited by Michael Rochlitz to the IERP Economic Colloquium. Alessandro presented his paper "State Building Through Foreign Military Interventions: Evidence from Mali".

Michael and Alessandro studied…

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IERP Working paper - Waste Management in Russia

A new paper by Olga Masyutina and Ekaterina Paustyan has just been published as an IERP discussion paper. In the paper "Environmental Politics in Authoritarian Regimes: Waste Management in the Russian Regions" the authors study the performance of Russia's regional governments in tackling the…

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Interview in "Frankfurter Neue Presse"

Michael Rochlitz talked to Jens Kiffmeier about the war in Ukraine in an interview for "Frankfurter Neue Presse", a daily newspaper based in Frankfurt am Main. They discussed the effect of the sanctions introduced against Russia, oil embargo, the increasing dependence of Russia on China, the…


A new article in "Territory, Politics, Governance"

A new paper by Ekaterina Paustyan, "Intergovernmental bargaining in multilevel autocracies: the case of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia", has just come out in the journal "Territory, Politics, Governance". The article is available in open access.

Abstract: This paper studies intergovernmental…

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Visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison

On April 11, 2022, Michael Rochlitz was invited to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to present his research on Independent Online Media and Elections in an Informational Autocracy. Michael was a guest at the biweekly seminar of the Wisconsin Russia Project which is administered by the Center for…

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Presentations at the BASEES Conference

Members of AG Rochlitz – Dr. Ekaterina Paustyan, Ekaterina Vorobeva and Olga Masyutina – were among the participants of this year’s conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies on April 8-10, 2022:

Ekaterina Paustyan with “Dead” and “Alive” Cities: The Calculus of…