Protest Movements and Local Activism in Contemporary Russia

This project aims at studying the causes, specific features, and consequences of social movements in Russia, as well as the motivations of participants. The project is based on in-depth interviews with activists and observations during protests. This project has been ongoing since 2011.

  • Maxim Alyukov
  • Svetlana Erpyleva
  • Oleg Zhuravlev
  • Natalia Savelyeva
  • Ilya Matveev

Academic publications
Erpyleva, S (2023). "Too immature for politics?" Political agency in the eyes of Russian adolescent protesters, 2011–20. Childhood (open access)

Erpyleva, S. (2023). Protest event, political culture, and the power of biography: the post-protest local activism in Russia. American Journal of Cultural Sociology (open access).

Erpyleva, S. (2021). Active citizens under Eighteen: minors in political protests.
Journal of Youth Studies, 24(9), 1215-1223.

Zhuravlev, O., Savelyeva, N., Erpyleva, S. (2020). The cultural pragmatics of an event: The politicization of local activism in Russia. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 33, 163-180

Erpyleva, S. (2018). Freedom's children in protest movements: Private and public in the socialization of young Russian and Ukrainian activists. Current Sociology, 66(1), 20-37.

Zhuravlev, O., Erpyleva, S., Savelyeva N. (2017). Nationwide protest and local action: how anti-Putin rallies politicized Russian urban activism. Russian Analytical Digest, 210,

Žuravlev, O. (2017). Vad blev kvar av Bolornajatorget? En ny start för den lokala aktivismen i Ryssland. Arkiv. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys, 7, 129-164.

Alyukov, M., Erpyleva, S., Zhuravlev, O., Nevsky, A. (2015). Social justice in post-socialist protests: Comparing anti-regime mobilization in Russia and Ukraine. In G. Pleyers, & I. Sava (eds.), Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe. Bucureşti: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti.

Matveev, I. (2014). The "two Russias" culture war: Constructions of the "people" during the 2011-2013 protests. South Atlantic Quarterly, 113(1), 186–195.

Made on