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

“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

Editorial Boards Have Upgraded Their Skills. Will These Skills Be Preserved?

Katerina Guba

Russian scientific journals have only just learned to work according to international standards. We hope to preserve this experience under new circumstances.

Russia Was Relegated from the Club of Free Science and Education

Dmitry Dubrovsky

And now it is seeking to create another club, a proprietary science, with serious restrictions on rights and freedoms, inter alia academic ones.

“Brain Drain” from Russia: Push Factors vs Deterrence

Irina Dezhina

Even if the situation in Russian science remains just as difficult, scientists’ ability to emigrate will be significantly restricted by external factors.

The Ivory Fortress

Dara Melnyk

University cannot help its community if it itself needs help. How to defend itself?

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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