Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 32/2021 by Ben Noble

The Russian State Duma Elections: Costs for the Kremlin

In the run-up to the upcoming elections to Russia’s State Duma, many observers consider the victory of United Russia a forgone conclusion. However, election results in Russia are not inevitable. The Russian authorities have to invest significant resources into achieving the results they want.
ZOiS Spotlight 31/2021 by Julia Langbein und Irina Guruli

Georgia’s Free Trade With the EU: Who Benefits?

Trade liberalisation with the EU is one tool to make Georgia’s economy more inclusive and resilient. While it has created opportunities for diversification, liberalised trade has also helped to maintain oligarchic structures and boost profits for larger, foreign-owned firms.
Meet the Author with Jan Matti Dollbaum

“Navalny is clearly taken very seriously in the Kremlin”

Jan Matti Dollbaum, Ben Noble and Morvan Lallouet have authored a book about Alexei Navalny. In this Meet the Author interview, we spoke with Jan Matti Dollbaum about why this is the right moment for the book, the international community’s greatest misconception, and Navalny’s future in Russia.
ZOiS Report 4/2021

Mobilising for Regional Protests on Russian Social Media: The Case of Khabarovsk

“I/We are Khabarovsk” was a popular expression of solidarity in Russian cities, and Khabarovsk became a new signifier for politicised regional protests. A new ZOiS Report offers explanations for the longevity and mass character of the protests that were triggered by the arrest of the Sergey Furgal.


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union. On this occasion, ZOiS, together with cooperation partners, is hosting a series of events that revisit the watershed year of 1991 and examine the legacies of the Soviet era.

Focus on Belarus

According to official results, Belarusian president Aliaksandr Lukashenka has been reelected for another turn on 9 August. In the aftermath of the election, massive protests are taking place in the country. In the light of these current events, ZOiS has put together a dossier on politics and society in Belarus.
Research Clusters

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters: Societies between Stability and Change, Conflict Dynamics and Border Regions, Migration and Diversity, Youth in Eastern Europe, and Political Economy and Integration.


Roundtable Osteuropa

Roundtable Osteuropa is a podcast by the Centre for East European and International Studies. Scholars of ZOiS and their guests discuss their research of Eastern Europe. We consider events in politics and society, while also trying to shed light on lesser-known issues – with insights from sociology, political science, geography, social anthropology, literary studies and theology.


External Academic Publications

Reseachers from various academic disciplines do research in five clusters and publish their result in peer-reviewed journals.