Center for Independent Social Research




Mission Statement

Center for Independent Social Research, Inc.  (CISRus)

CISRus is a non-profit association of scholars and experts working on issues related to the post-communist transformation. We conduct unbiased, in-depth social research to enrich scientific knowledge and strengthen civil society.

  • Our academic mission is to improve scholarly understanding of post-communist societies using knowledge drawn from interdisciplinary work in the social sciences.

  • Our educational mission is to support students and young scholars in the social sciences during the early stages of their professional careers.

CISRus Projects

Russia: Violations of academic freedom in 2023

The socio-political context and persecution of scientists and teachers


Our selection method is based on the Scholars at Risk methodology for identifying violations of the academic rights and freedoms of teachers and students. 

“Anti-War Civic Mobilization in Russia”

The response of Russian civil society to the war in Ukraine.

2022 – 2024

The purpose of the project is to explore the response of Russian civil society to the war in Ukraine with special focus on anti-war activism at the grass-roots level.

“Non-Profit Lawyers Working with the Victims of Domestic Violence:

Best Practices, Legal Mechanisms and Substantive Networks”


The main purpose of the project is the cross-border exchange of professional experience in helping the victims of domestic violence in the United States and Russia. Another purpose of the project is to get acquainted with the existing infrastructure of US organizations and institutions assisting victims of domestic violence.

“Teaching Math in the USA:

Professional Integration of High-Skilled Female Immigrants from Russia and the FSU”


The object of the study is so-called “Russian math education”—a specific professional and educational niche within the sector of supplementary after-school education created by Russian (female) immigrants.



The project implies monitoring, analyzing, and raising awareness of issues surrounding academic freedom in Russia and post-Soviet countries.

“Russian Youth
and Corruption”


The study of attitudes towards corruption among Russian Generation Z including nine focus groups with university students in three Russian cities.  

CISRus Blog

“Scientific Anti-Americanism”

Dmitry Dubrovsky

Repressive measures are affecting American educational and scientific organizations operating in Russia, as well as those who collaborate with them.

May 5, 2024

Confrontation or Obscurity?

Irina Dezhina

What awaits Russian science under sanctions

April 22, 2024

Death in the Public Sphere

Oleg Reut

The experience of war is changing Russian society, deforming attitudes towards death.

April 8, 2024

The Re-Sovietization of Human Rights

Dmitry Dubrovskiy

Russian human rights education has been forced to revert to the patterns of the 70s, where Soviet conceptions are combined with pro-war propaganda and a complete inversion of international law.

March 24, 2024

CISRus Partners

Foreign agents

The term ‘foreign agent’ was initially introduced in Russin federal law in 2012

Autonomy of universities

has been decreasing after launching the Federal Universities project

rubles in a year

The average salary of rectors of public universities in 2018

Leading Universities

Participants of the Project 5-100 to be more competitive globally

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