Aurélie Bros, Mariana Budjeryn, and Megan Race.

Aurélie Bros, Mariana Budjeryn, and Megan Race will join the Davis Center as postdoctoral fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Meduza's Anna Veduta

Anna Veduta of the independent media outlet Meduza discusses the challenges of journalism in Russia and the media landscape surrounding the recent Russian presidential election.

Women's March

In honor of International Women's Day, we've combed through our audio archives to bring you a selection of recordings on the role of women in the societies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. 

Cris Martin next to bowl of soup

"One of my favorite things to do with high school students," writes Outreach Director Cris Martin, "is to encourage them to consider history through an alternative perspective—in this case, not the American perspective but the Soviet." 

Original building, Russian Research Center

Seventy years ago today, the Russian Research Center opened its doors at Harvard University. Much has changed, yet much remains the same.

Applying for the Davis Center’s 2018–2019 Postdoctoral Fellowships? Read these tips from our staff to strengthen your application!

Anne Applebaum is author of "Red Famine"

Anne Applebaum talks about her new book, Red Famine, in which she argues that the 1932–1933 famine in the Soviet Union was part of a deliberate operation by Stalin to rid the USSR of Ukrainian opposition.

Genesis Philanthropy Group

The Davis Center and Genesis Philanthropy Group announce the launch of a series of events on Harvard's campus focused on Russian-speaking Jewry.

1917 Research Guide

With the official anniversary of the October Revolution upon us, Harvard’s libraries and archives offer endless opportunities to dig into the year 1917. 

Images from John Reed collection

Curators of an exhibit of original artifacts from the Russian Revolution speak about the individuals who witnessed these tumultuous events, and about the wealth of revolution-era materials in Harvard's own collections. 

"Gorbachev: His Life and Times" by William Taubman

Mikhail Gorbachev, revered by many in the West for his commitment to "openness" and democratizing reforms, has a more mixed reputation in Russia, where he is associated with the fall of an empire. 


The Eurovision Song Contest was created in 1956 as an opportunity to bring nations and people together in an expressly nonpolitical fashion. Sixty years later, Eurovision has been used as a political tool to reignite recent conflagration between Ukraine and Russia.

Soviet Daughter by Julia Alekseyeva

Two decades after immigrating from Kiev to Chicago, Julia Alekseyeva found her great-grandmother’s hidden memoirs of a life spanning the Soviet 20th century. With input from comics scholar Hillary Chute, she turned a lifetime of secrets into a work of art.

Zvi Gitelman and his book The New Jewish Diaspora

The vast majority of Russian-speaking Jews today live outside the former Soviet Union. We spoke with Zvi Gitelman about this population, their remarkable impact on the societies that send and receive them, and how old notions of "diaspora" and "homeland" have blurred in our globalized world.

Boris Nemtsov and Boris Yeltsin speak with President Bill Clinton.

Who was Boris Nemtsov? Who is Boris Nemtsov—and who could he have been? Writer, director, and opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza addresses these questions in his biopic Nemtsov, screened at the Davis Center on May 4, 2017. The film explores the life, career, and legacy through...