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Journal Issue – Pipss.org – Police Brutality & Police Reform in Russia & the CIS – Nov. 2012

The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, Pipss.revues.org – Issue 13 – Police Brutality & Police Reform in Russia & the CIS – http://pipss.revues.org/3813

Introduction, by Anne Le Huérou


Police Brutality & Police Reform in Russia and the CIS – Articles (5)

· Mark Galeotti, 
” Purges, Power and Purpose: Medvedev’s 2011 police reforms ”

· Boris Gladarev, 
” Russian Police before the 2010-2011 Reform: A Police Officer’s Perspective ”

· Yulia Chistyakova et Annette Robertson , 
”Youtube Cops and Power Without Limits : Understanding Police Violence in 21st Century Russia”

· Perrine Poupin, 
” « Démocratie dirigée » et manifestations protestataires de rue à Moscou : quelle partition joue la police ? [« Planned Democracy » and Street Protest Marches in Moscow : What Musical Score is Playing the Police?] ”

· Kornely Kakachia et Liam O’Shea, 
” Why does police reform appear to have been more successful in Georgia than in Kyrgyzstan or Russia? ”

Police Brutality & Police Reform in Russia and the CIS – Conversations (2)

· « […] Local police officers are accused of violence […] but case officers have an opportunity to commit acts of violence with impunity » – Interview with Ekaterina Khozhdaeva, Associate Professor in Sociology, Kazan ” – Interview conducted by Anne Le Huérou et Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

· « Nowadays, the [Kyrgyz] Police force exhibits all signs of crisis of the system » – E-mail interview with Alexander Zelichenko, former colonel of the Kyrgyz Police, Director of the Central-Asian Drug Policy Center – Interview conducted by Anne Le Huérou et Elisabeth Sieca-Kozlowski

Police Brutality & Police Reform in Russia and the CIS – Document (1)

· Natalia Taubina, 
” Russie : la société civile et le système répressif avant le début officiel de la réforme [Russia : Civil Society and the Law Enforcement System Prior to the Official Initiation of the Reform] ”

 Police Brutality & Police Reform in Russia and the CIS – Bibliography

· ” E. Sieca-Kozlowski , A Suggested Bibliography

Police Brutality & Police Reform in Russia and the CIS – Book Reviews (5)

P. Hagenloh, Stalin’s Police. Public order and mass repression in the USSR, 1926-1941 “, reviewed by F.-X. Nérard

· M. Galeotti (Ed.), The Politics of Security in Modern Russia “, reviewed by E. Bertrand

· B. Taylor, State Building in Putin’s Russia. Policing and Coercion after Communism, reviewed by G.Favarel-Garrigues

· Fond “Obshchestvennii verdict”, Reforma militsiia: otsenki i ozhidaniia grazhdan: resultaty sotsiologicheskikh issledovanii i kommentarii ekspertov , reviewed by A. Robertson

· V. Voronkov, B. Gladarev, L. Sagitova, Militsiia i etnicheskie migranty: praktiki vzaimodeistviia, reviewed by A. Regamey


Elisabeth Kozlowski
The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies

Research Project – Physical Violence and State Legitimacy in Late Socialism

We  are pleased to introduce to you to the site of a project that can have a lot in common with ours, though it is more focused on the late Soviet period. Excerpt from the home page ” The network investigates the relationship between physical violence and state legitimacy in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, addressing the following questions: How did the state control violence after Stalin? How did political legitimation change after 1956? How were these changes related to the repression and to the use of violent force? To what extent did physical violence disappear from politics? How was physical violence in the private sphere dealt with? Did these changes contribute to the decline of communism?”  see the site

January 19th 2009 / January 19th 2012 – Remembering Stanislav Markelov & Nastia Baburova

On January 19th, 2009, well-known lawyer and activist Stanislav Markelov was shot dead in the street in Moscow, just after a press conference protesting the release of Colonel Budanov. Nastia Baburova, a young journalist and activist who was also killed in the shooting. Apart from being the lawyer of the Kungaev family (Col. Budanov’s victims), Stas Markelov defended in courts a lot of  antifas activists and victims of neo-nazis groups. Giving his activities, several possible origins for the crime were investigated. Two activists from extreme right milieu were arrested in november 2009. in April 2011, a popular jury sentenced  Nikita Tikhonov to life imprisonment while his accomplice Evgenya Khais  received 18 years, some possible other accomplices remaining unfound.

Meetings and demonstrations in Moscow and in several Russian cities have been since organized to mark the anniversary of the killing and at the same time mobilize antifa activists, human rights defenders against extreme right and racist violence .

An appeal from the January 19 committee

International Workshop – Radical Youth, Between Ideology, Expressivity and Violence : Comparisons Around the Russian Experience – 20/21 October 2011, Paris



Radical Youth, between ideology, expressivity and violence:

Comparisons around the Russian experience

International Workshop

2021 October 2011, EHESS, Paris

Under the Research project “Understanding Violence in Russia: War, Institutions, Society” with the support of the City of Paris “Emergence(s) program”



Skin-heads, hooligans, extremists, are the labels usually used by the media to name radical youth not only in Russia, but also in European countries, were a radicalization of the youth, and especially the rise of extreme-right movements has been observed for several years. In Russia, the “Manezh square” demonstration of “football fans” and extreme right in front of the Kremlin in December 2011 has shed

light on the capacities of mobilization, but also on the different dimensions of these movements. Together with violence against minorities and nationalist slogans, there is an increasing hostile behavior against State authorities. But among radical youth are also all movements that were born in reaction or protestation against the ultra-rights, and movements shaped by a specific sub culture and individual identity search.

Mainly based on field research undertaken on the Russian field, and interplaying the Russian experience with cases and researches from other several European countries such as France, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Poland, the international workshop “Youth, between ideology, expressivity and violence” will gather leading and young specialists of the radical youth.

We hope to be able to draw some lines of comparison (between radical expressions all over Europe including Russia. In the Russian case, the rise of Russian contemporary ultra-nationalist movement will be analysed in its social and political context and in its expression such as the riots in Kondopoga in September 2006 and Manezh Square Demonstration. But we understand youth radicality and radical movements in a broader sense, which encompasses ideology, as well as cultural and artistic expressions and a violent behaviour.

We are particularly interested in the combination of a subjective dimension (the experience of a “radical” individual) with a global dimension (the experience of such movements in several countries, the resort to physical violence, the link between age and political and social attitudes).

The participants will present research on various types of youth radicality and radical movements, whether it refers to “right” or “left” ideologies (radical nationalists, anti-racists or anarchists). The choice of a broad spectrum of movements will help to draw the lines on how to describe “radicality” and “radical movements”.

In this context, the reflection on the role and place of violence (symbolic, physical, use of weapons, etc.) in their practices and ideology will take a large place in our workshop.

The participants will also address the status of empirical research and in such a sensitive context.

The workshop will give the opportunity to analyse the attitudes of youth radical movements to politics and to State authorities, as well as the State reactions to their activities. How these movements do position themselves in relation to their society and how society perceives them? The discussion will stimulate reflection and experiences common to Russia and Europe, by highlighting common features and characteristics of institutional, political and cultural trajectories.



The workshop will be organized around three panels :

Panel I : Theories, ideologies and typology of youth radicality and radical mouvements

Panel II : The role and place of violence in the youth radical movements

Panel III : Studying empirically the youth radicality and radical movements. Fields and researcher’s experience


Venue : EHESS, 190-198 avenue de France 75013 Paris (M Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque)

  • 20 October, 13.00-19.00 : room 640 6th floor
  • 21 October, 9.00-13.00room A, Ground floor


  • Philippe Bataille, Director of the  CADIS (EHESS/CNRS), France
  • Alexander Bikbov, Moscow University, Centre Maurice Halbwachs (Paris), Russia
  • Manuel Boucher, Laboratory for the Study and Social Researches, Rouen, CADIS, France,
  • Antimo Luigi Farro, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, CADIS, ISA Research Committee 47, President, Italy
  • Mischa Gabowitsch, research fellow at Einstein Forum, Potsdam, Allemagne
  • Lukasz Jurczyszyn, Pultusk Academy of Humanities, CADIS, ISA RC 47, Poland
  • Anne Le Huérou, FMSH, CERCEC, France
  • Elena Omelchenko, director of the Centre for youth studies of the Higher School of Economics in St.Petersburg, Russia
  • Hilary Pilkington, Warwick University, United Kingdom
  • Geoffrey Pleyers, Louvain University, CADIS, AFS RT 21, ISA RC 47, Belgique
  • Vera Nikolski, Paris 1/CESS, France
  • Daniele Di Nunzio, Institute for the Economic and Social Research (IRES), Rome, Italy
  • Amandine Regamey, University Paris I, CERCEC, France
  • Emanuele Toscano, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, CADIS, ISA RC47, Italy
  • Alexander Verhovsky, Director, Centre for Information and Analysis “SOVA”, Moscow, Russia
  • Michel Wieviorka, FMSH Administrator, CADIS

Contacts :Anne le Huérou: anne.lehuerou@free.fr, Lukasz Jurczyszyn: jurluk@ehess.fr, Geoffrey Pleyers: Geoffrey.Pleyers@uclouvain.be

see the project site http://russiaviolence.hypotheses.org


Thursday, 20 october

(salle 640, EHESS, 190-198 avenue de France)

13.00 Welcome – Anne Le Huérou, FMSH, CERCEC, Philippe Bataille, directeur du CADIS/EHESS, Lukasz Jurczyszyn Pultusk Academy of Humanities, CADIS

Introduction – Antimo Luigi Farro, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, CADIS, ISA Research Committee 47, President


13.30-16.00 PANEL SESSION I : Theories, ideologies and typology of youth radicality and radical mouvements 


  • Race and ethnicity, nationalism and extremism: some comparative historical observations, Mischa Gabowitsch  (research fellow at Einstein Forum)
  • The place of the ultra-nationalists in the Russian society: up to and after the Manezh Square, Alexander Verhovsky (Centre for Information and Analysis “SOVA”, Moscow)
  • Rethinking ‘subcultural’ lives: Journeys through skinhead, Hilary Pilkington (Warwick University) and Elena Omelchenko (director of the Centre for youth studies of the Higher School of Economics in St.Petersburg)

Discussant: Michel Wieviorka, FMSH Administrator, Professor, EHESS CADIS (to be confirmed)

16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea break


16.30-18.00 PANEL SESSION II : The role and place of violence in the youth radical movements

Panelists :

  • The meaning of violence in the youth radical movements. Study cases in France, Russia and Poland, Lukasz Jurczyszyn (Pultusk Academy of Humanities, CADIS)
  • Violence under the circumstances: a biographical construction of Russian youth militantism, Alexander Bikbov  (Moscow University, Centre Maurice Halbwachs – Paris)

Discussant: Mischa Gabowitsch (research fellow at Einstein Forum)

18.00-18.30 : a summary of the first part of the Workshop in relation to the theories of social movements, Geoffrey Pleyers (Louvain University, CADIS, RT 21 AFS)



Friday, 21 october

(Salle A, Ground floor, EHESS, 190-198 avenue de France)

09.00-10.30 PANEL SESSION III : Studying empirically the youth radicality and radical movements. Fields and researcher’s experience 


  • Les rapports police/jeunes au sein des quartiers impopulaires : analyse d’un processus de “radicalisation réciproque”, Manuel Boucher (Laboratory for the Study and Social Research, Rouen)
  • L’escapisme en politique: le cas des militants du NBP et de l’ESM Vera Nikolski (Paris 1 / CESSP)
  • „Taking everything back“. A sociological reading of CasaPound, a far right movement in Italy, Emanuele Toscano, University of Rome and Daniele Di Nunzio, Institute for the Economic and Social Research (IRES)

Discussant: Anne le Huérou, CERCEC

10.30-11.00  Coffee/Tea break

11.00-12.30 To film the Russian field. Projection of two films on Russian radical youth in order to discuss with the authors some reflections about the methodological and ethical issues.  

  • Vorkuta: A research film”, Directed by Elena Omel’chenko, edited by Dmitrii Omel’chenko, Vorkuta 2007. Elena Elena Omelchenko, director of the Centre for youth studies of the Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg and Hilary Pilkington, Warwick University, Great-Britain.
  • “Ce que voit Minine”, directed  by Lukasz Jurczyszyn and Marcin Grabowski, Nijni-Novgorod 2010. Lukasz Jurczyszyn, Pultusk Academy of Humanities, CADIS.

12.30-13.00 General Conclusions


programme en pdf Programme Workshops Radical Movements-1



L. Jurczyszyn – Winner of The Documentary Film Writing Workshop Award EHESS-CNRS Images – Antifa vs Nationalists in Nizhni-Novgorod

Prix de l’atelier d’écriture documentaire EHESS–CNRS Images

Ce prix, doté par le CNRS Images, est destiné à aider une réalisation audiovisuelle, il est réservé aux étudiants inscrits à l’EHESS qui ont suivi le séminaire « Atelier d’écriture documentaire » dont le niveau requis est master I. http://www.ehess.fr/audiovisuel/document.php?identifiant=prix-atelier

Année universitaire 2010-2011

Composition du jury :

Catherine Balladur, Directrice du CNRS-Images
Stéphane Breton, Maître de conférences, EHESS
Jean-Paul Colleyn, Directeur d’études, EHESS
Jean-Claude Penrad, Maître de conférences, EHESS

Étudiants primés :

  • Claudia Mollese
    Intitulé du projet audiovisuel : « L’amara».
    Thème : processus de changement social et culturel à l’œuvre dans la ville de Lecce (Italie) à travers la biographie d’Antonio Lanzalonga, transsexuel connu sous le nom de Mara.

  • Lukasz Jurczyszyn
    Intitulé du projet audiovisuel : « Le sosie ».
    Thème : confrontation entre bandes rivales, nationalistes et antiracistes dans la ville de Nijni-Novgorod (Russie). Processus de radicalisation de ces mouvements commun à la Fédération de Russie.


    Ce projet de film documentaire est soutenu par le projet “Comprendre la violence en Russie” dans le cadre d’Emergences, financé par la Mairie de Paris.

    Lukasz Jurczyszyn: “Soucieux de l’écho de notre enquête mise en place à Nijni-Novgorod, le film a été pensé pour un plus grand public, en particulier pour la société civile française, russe et polonaise. Nous avons donc expérimenté  des méthodes innovatrices propres à la sociologie visuelle et à un film documentaire en filmant notre terrain (les observations, la grande majorité des entretiens individuels et collectifs et deux groupes de discussion/confrontation). Notre objectif est de réaliser un film documentaire de 52 minutes, afin de présenter le fruit du travail conceptuel et «audio-visuel de deux mois de terrain à Nijni-Novgorod”.

Europe-Asia Studies Article – “Right-Wing Extremist Violence in the Russian Federation”

Martin Laryš; Miroslav Mareš , “Right-Wing Extremist Violence in the Russian Federation”, Europe-Asia Studies, 1465-3427, Volume 63, Issue 1, 2011, Pages 129 – 154

This article analyses contemporary forms of extreme-right violence in Russia. The authors deal with the traditions and ideological background of the militant right-wing extremist scene as well as with its contemporary social and political background. The most important forms of right-wing extremist violence are identified as ad hoc hate crimes, local ethnically motivated conflicts, activities of organised gangs, the existence of paramilitary units and terrorist tendencies. Political reactions to this violence in Russia are described. The authors come to the conclusion that the threat of extreme-right violence will remain an important element of Russia’s future security development.



Hate Crime in Russia – Monitoring and Support for Victims of Racist Violence

Two German NGOs have issued a report providing legal and factual information about racist violence in Russia and recommandations on the ways to provide support to victims.

The report provides legal analysis as well as results of interviews that have been made in various Russian regions in order to provide an overview analysis and to seek regional partership for building awareness network.

The research project was initiated and financed by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” (Stiftung „Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft“) and carried out by ReachOut Berlin.

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