Opening Ceremony

of the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

Guests at the Opening Ceremony of ZOiS at the Leibniz Hall of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Photo: Peter Himsel

Prelude by jazz trio "Blue Charles". Photo: Peter Himsel

Gwendolyn Sasse, Director of ZOiS, welcomes the guests. Photo: Peter Himsel

Christian Schaich, Administrativer Geschäftsführer des ZOiS

Opening remarks by Christian Schaich, Managing Director of ZOiS. Photo: Peter Himsel

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State Secretary Walter Lindner, Federal Foreign Office, at his official remark. Photo: Peter Himsel

Attentive listeners: Gabriele Freitag (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde), Christian Schaich (ZOiS), Ralf Beste (Auswärtiges Amt), Matthias Kleiner (Leibniz-Gemeinschaft), Alexander Wöll (Europa-Universität Viadrina) (from left). Photo: Peter Himsel

Jan Kusber, Chairman of the Foundation Board of ZOiS. Photo: Peter Himsel

Das Podium

Viacheslav Morozov, Silvia von Steinsdorff, Gwendolyn Sasse, Ingo Mannteufel and Ivan Krastev (from left) discussed about whether democracies and authoritarian regimes are becoming more alike. Photo: Peter Himsel. Foto: Peter Himsel

Slavist Dirk Uffelmann from the University of Passau in conversation with the German ambassador in Russia, Rüdiger von Fritsch (right). Photo: Peter Himsel

The Finish ambassador in Germany Ritva Koukku-Ronde talks with Franz Thönnes from the SPD faction in the German Bundestag. Photo: Peter Himsel

Caroline von Gall from the University of Cologne and Michael Nowak from the Federal Foreign Office. Photo: Peter Himsel

Oksana Huss, recipient of a ZOiS dissertation completion grant, engages in the panel discussion. Photo: Peter Himsel

Rudolf Smolarczyk from the German Rector's Conference, Falk Fabich, member of the Foundation Board of ZOiS, and Matthias Nöllenburg from the Volkswagen Foundation (from left). Photo: Peter Himsel

Elisabeth Motschmann, member of the German Bundestag for CDU, Franz Thönnes, member of the German Bundestag for SPD, and Joachim Bertele from the German Chancellery (from left). Photo: Peter Himsel

Lejly Agamuradova (left) and Anja Krüger from ZOiS. Photo: Peter Himsel