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"Staying out of Trouble" in Comparative Political Studies

A new paper by Michael Rochlitz, Noah Buckley, John Reuter and Anton Aisin has just come out in one of the leading political science journals Comparative Political Studies. The paper “Staying out of Trouble: Criminal Cases Against Russian Mayors” is based on an original dataset on criminal cases…


SPSA Annual Conference 2022

The Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association was held in a hybrid format on January 13-15 this year. Michael Rochlitz took part in the online conference within a conference “Politics of Authoritarian Regimes”. He was a discussant on the “Media in Authoritarian Regimes” panel and…

HSE labs

10th Anniversary of international labs at HSE

In 2021 the Higher School of Economics in Moscow celebrated the 10th anniversary of its international research labs. Our main institutional partner the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) was one of the first labs created at the HSE to do high-quality research…


Ekaterina Paustyan and Michael Rochlitz at ICSID-Harriman Institute workshop

Michael Rochlitz and Ekaterina Paustyan participated in the “Emerging Topics in Russian and Eurasian Studies” online workshop on November 4th, 2021. The workshop was organized by our cooperation partner the International Center for the Study of institutions and Development (ICSID) at the Higher…


Working paper "Artificial Intelligence, Surveillance, and Big Data"

A paper on the interrelation between authoritarian surveillance, big data, and innovation in artificial intelligence written by David Karpa, Michael Rochlitz and Torben Klarl has just come out as an arXiv working paper. The paper is part of the project "Information, Digitalization, and Authoritarian…


International workshop at the Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki

Ekaterina Paustyan took part in the online international workshop ‘Electoral Integrity and Malpractice in Russia and Beyond: New Challenges and Responses’ that was organized by the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki on October 25-25, 2021. Ekaterina and her co-author Stas Gorelik…


Film Screening of the Russian cult movie “Brat” (Brother)

A screening of the Russian cult film “Brat” (Brother) from 1997 will take place on September 23 at 6:00 pm in the “Krokodil” cinema in Berlin. In the subsequent public discussion, Dr. Julia Langbein and Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz will discuss the film with the audience.

Aleksei Balabanov’s 1997…


Opening of the Chernobyl photo exhibition

The photo exhibition ‘Chernobyl Memory Tour’ to the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was officially opened in the Haus der Wissenschaft in Bremen on September 9th, 2021. The exhibition, featuring pictures taken by Susanne Schattenberg and Michael Rochlitz on their trips to the…


ECPR General Conference 2021

Two doctoral researchers from the working group of Michael Rochlitz – Olga Masyutina and Michael Richter – took part in the annual conference of the European Consortium for Political Research. The conference was held online on August 30 - September 3, 2021. Olga participated in the ‘Policy Analysis…


Chernobyl Memory Tour – Fotoausstellung zum 35. Jahrestag

06. September – 14. Oktober 2021, Haus der Wissenschaft Bremen, Sandstraße 4/5

Vor 35 Jahren explodierte ein Reaktor des Atomkraftwerks Tschernobyl und hinterließ eine Schneise der Verwüstung: eine radioaktive Wolke zog über Europa, Menschen mussten ihre Heimat verlassen und das in der Nähe des AKW…