Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS)

ZOiS Spotlight 37/2021 by Félix Krawatzek

Societal Fragmentation in Belarus

A new ZOiS survey of the Belarusian population shows that support for the Lukashenka regime has increased slightly compared to December 2020. At the same time, the desire for greater independence from Russia is growing in the context of ever-closer economic and political ties between the two countries.
ZOiS Spotlight 36/2021 by Sabine von Löwis

FC Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League: Football Diplomacy or Business Model?

Transnistrian football club Sheriff Tiraspol was a largely unknown quantity until recently. It has now reached the UEFA Champions League, making it the first club from a de facto state to play at international level. Its sponsor is the influential – and controversial – Sheriff corporation from Transnistria.
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.