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King's Russia Institute provides a focal point for Russia-related activities across a range of academic disciplines.

Promoting an encompassing understanding of Russia and Eurasia, the Institute coordinates and develops Russia- and regionally focused research capabilities and Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian focused programmes of study at King's, while also building links with regional organisations in education, the cultural and creative sectors, business and government.

Through these activities, and as part of the College's broader internationalisation strategy, the Institute aims to contribute to a growing interdisciplinary interest in Russia among both students and academics at King's.

In light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Institute has indefinitely suspended institutional ties with those Russian universities whose rectors signed the statement of the Russian Union of Rectors in support of the war. You can find the Institute’s full position on the war here


Our objectives

- To serve as the intellectual locus for teaching and research pertaining to Russia, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. - To foster cooperation with other institutions in the study of and research on Russia and the region. - To raise the profile of Russian and regional studies and the region’s global importance both in the UK and around the world through events and publications in English.

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The Institute expects to develop an international reputation through a programme of activities focused on contemporary Russia, including:

  • Providing a focal point for PhD research on Russia, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia within the UK.
  • Hosting new research projects and publications on different fields related to Russia and the region.
  • Hosting and encouraging the exchange of students and researchers from/to Russia and the region.
  • Developing academic links with regional higher education institutions.
  • Organising guest lectures by prominent regional figures.
  • Organising symposia, conferences or lecture series on issues relating to Russia and the region.
  • Hosting Visiting Professors and Fellows.
  • Acting as an umbrella for the creation of new courses and academic appointments concerning Russia and the region.
  • Fostering links with other organisations in the UK, the region and globally.

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