Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES)

CREES 50th Anniversary

The Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the world's leading research institutes in its field. CREES is a multi-disciplinary centre  drawing together expertise from the College of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Law and the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Many of the members of CREES are based in the Department of Political Science and International Studies although many others are based in different departments across the university.

While our expertise is firmly grounded in the former states of the USSR and Eastern Europe, we recognise the global importance of this region.

Undergraduate degrees

Undergraduate degrees

The Centre for Russian and East European Studies offers a highly flexible degree programme, with a range of options within each year:

Undergraduate degrees

Doctoral Research

Doctoral Research

CREES is a research oriented, multi disciplinary centre with wide ranging expertise and long standing excellence in researching Russia and Eastern Europe.

Doctoral Research

Latest Research

Latest Research

CREES has been very successful in obtaining external research grants, for example from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and UK Government departments.

Latest Research

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He's back – but the power struggle around Vladimir Putin continues behind the scenes

He's back – but the power struggle around Vladimir Putin continues behind the scenes
Description
Written by Dr Adrian Campbell. The apparent disappearance of Russian president Vladimir Putin between March 5 and 16 provoked a festival of Kremlinological speculation on a scale not seen since the temporary ousting of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the abortive coup of 1991.
Date:
Thursday 19th March 2015

Blog: In Crimea, Time for Pressure

Blog: In Crimea, Time for Pressure
Description
By Liana Fix - Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations and Visiting PhD Researcher at the University of Birmingham. Forgetting about Crimea and the fate of the Crimean Tatars means implicitly acknowledging Russia's claim to the region. Instead, the international community must demonstrate to Russia that its arbitrary interpretation of international law regarding Crimea has long-term consequences. We are not yet in a post-Crimea phase.
Date:
Thursday 19th March 2015

Nemtsov murder: Chechen theories shouldn't take heat off Putin

Nemtsov murder: Chechen theories shouldn't take heat off Putin
Description
Written by Dr David White. Despite the detention of five suspects, speculation about who is responsible for the brutal assassination of Russia's former deputy prime minister and prominent opposition politician Boris Nemtsov continues unabated.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Russia has lost an opposition leader of substance

Russia has lost an opposition leader of substance
Description
Written by Dr David White. "The key challenge for Russia's broad opposition movement is to maintain consistently high levels of protest by mobilising passive opponents of the regime – not just as a response to specific events and outside of election periods."
Date:
Wednesday 4th March 2015

In death, Boris Nemtsov embodies the hope of a better Russia

In death, Boris Nemtsov embodies the hope of a better Russia
Description
Written by Dr Adrian Campbell. For Russia to make peace with its troubled post-Communist history, it needs a 1990s hero to remember. Boris Nemtsov could be just that.
Date:
Monday 2nd March 2015

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