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Joint Seminar "Political Repression in Russia, 2012-2023"

Data, actors and practices

Joint Seminar "Political Repression in Russia, 2012-2023"

Joint seminar organised by OVD-Info / L'Archipel and a group of researchers

(F. Daucé (CERCEC), G. Favarel-Garrigues (CERI), A. Le Huérou (ISP), R. Mustafina (CERI))


With the support of Labex Tepsis and CERCEC




This seminar is the result of a meeting between Russian NGO activists in exile and researchers working in France on political freedoms in contemporary Russia, particularly ferocious since the war of aggression against Ukraine in February 2022. L'Archipel association was founded in France in 2022 to advance knowledge about the system of repression and restrictions imposed on fundamental liberties in Russia. OVD-Info has been a longtime partner of Memorial Human Rights Center. Both of them have been declared "foreign agents" in Russia and are victims of administrative and criminal proceedings. OVD-Info has exceptional documentation on repression in Russia since the beginning of 2010. Its databases are a source of previously unpublished and invaluable information for analysing the maintenance of political order in Putin's Russia. They document the changes that have taken place since the early 2010s, but also the changes brought about by the launch of the Russian offensive against Ukraine in February 2022. They show the evolution of the legislative arsenal, surveillance systems, police and judicial activity, but also the extrajudicial violence committed against opponents and journalists. In order to exploit and analyze this data, OVD-Info wishes to develop partnerships with researchers from academia. Conceived and prepared jointly by researchers interested in this project and activists from L’Archipel, this seminar aims at producing academic and civic knowledge to understand repressive measures in Russia and to make a reasoned analysis for critical purposes.


Programme 2023 / 2024

All participants must register in advance : https://tally.so/r/nrO8Eo


20 October 2023 : The OVD-info project: from accompanying detained protesters to analyzing data on repression in contemporary Russia

17 November 2023 : From arrest to trial I: collecting and analysing data in an authoritarian context (2011-2022)

21 December 2023 : From arrest to trial II: collecting and analysing data since the beginning of the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine

19 January 2024:Making sense of the repression of 'foreign agents' and 'undesirable organizations' in Russia

15 March 2024: Opening up Russian judicial data I: access to and analysis of published judgments    

5 April 2024: Opening up Russian justice data II: access to and analysis of judicial statistics    

17 May 2024: Beyond Russian specificity: how to study repression in authoritarian contexts



The seminar will be held on the 2nd Friday of the month from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm, off-line and online.

Off-line: on the Condorcet campus, EHESS building, room A 515.

Online: on request of the connection link.

All participants must register in advance: https://tally.so/r/nrO8Eo



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