Multifaceted Russia
A forward-looking research project that studies Russia by giving more prominence to diversity.
Multifaceted Russia
Multifaceted Russia is a forward-looking research project that seeks to renew our analysis practices by giving more prominence to diversity within Russia. It encourages moving away from patterns of understanding Russia through an exclusive focus on federal politics and processes in big urban centers. Instead, it directs the research cursor toward grassroots perspectives.

Decentering is not only about changing what we understand when we speak about Russia, but also about how we study it. The project draws on the idea that decentering cannot occur without a “de-Westernization” of Russian studies.
The project aims to facilitate the effective blending of qualitative and quantitative research methods. It also encourages diversity of voices from both scholarly and practice-oriented communities, fostering the visibility of underrepresented groups.
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Russian Regional Science in an Asymmetric System


Chimiza Lamazhaa

“Preserving a Language Involves Everything that Makes a Language Popular…It’s not Something that Lies in Your Grandmother’s Old Trunk and Only Comes out at Festivals”


Dmitry Oparin and Vlada Baranova

Voluntary exile: Kalmyk migrants’ views of Kalmykia from Moscow


Edward C. Holland and Elvira Churyumova

Muslim Petersburg at the turn of the century

Arzamas tells the story of the Muslim community in St Petersburg, which prefigured today’s flourishing urban Russian Islam outside its traditional regions.

Whose Presence, Whose Absences? Decolonising Russian National Culture and History: Observations through the Prism of Religious Contact

Critically engaging with the ideas of presence and absence of Russia’s ethnic and religious minority cultures would offer a more adequate involvement of minority representatives in the process of negotiating Russian national culture.

Makers of Siberia: The lively culture of Russia’s continental landmass

Makers of Russia is a podcast bringing “out of the underground” the creative class of Siberian big and small cities and showing how art and culture, nature and history are interrelated.
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