About the Project

The multimedia special report Protest in Russia is a joint project of dekoder. and the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen.

The special report is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, with additional funding from the research project Comparing Protest Actions in Soviet and Post-Soviet Spaces. It originated within the project  Knowledge transfer squared – Russian studies, with financial support from the Volkswagen Foundation. The University of Basel is also a partner in the knowledge transfer project, with support from the Stiftung für Medienvielfalt (Switzerland), which promotes media diversity in Switzerland.

Project manager: Leonid A. Klimov
Editor in chief: Tamina Kutscher
Curator for research: Jan Matti Dollbaum
Assistent: Jakob Reuster

Programming: Daniel Marcus
Design: Daniel Marcus, Uliana Stavi, Asya Maslova, Kim Meyer
Images (home): Victoria Lomasko
Animation: Uliana Stavi
Videos and video editing: Konstantin Selin, Zosya Rodkevich
Interview with Mischa Gabowitsch: Luzia Tschirky (SRF) 

Translation desk editor: Friederike Meltendorf
Editors for Russian texts: Dmitry Kartsev, Viktoryja Stukalenko, Natalia Kazimirchik
Editors for English texts: Alison Borrowman, Rebeccah Dean, Zachary King

Content Management: Alena Schwarz, Jakob Reuster

Media partners

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF)
Russland Analysen

Cooperation partners


A German-language online magazine offering media and expertise relating to Russia, dekoder brings Russian journalism and the scholarly expertise from European universities together onto a single website. In 2016, dekoder received the Grimme Online Award for its innovative concept and its editorial work. dekoder is a project of Dekoder-gGmbH (Hamburg) and has public-benefit status with the purposes of advancing understanding between nations and education. 


The Research Centre for East European Studies (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa – FSO) is an independent research institute attached to the University of Bremen. Founded during the Cold War in 1982, the FSO now understands its mission as twofold: the (re)examination of societies and cultures in the “Eastern Bloc” and the analysis of contemporary developments in the post-Soviet region. The Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen has been involved in the field of knowledge transfer since it was established. Since 2003, the regular online publication of “country analytical digests” (see www.laender-analysen.de) has been a central activity of the FSO.

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