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Irina Olimpieva

Former George F. Kennan Fellow


    August 17, 2015 — November 20, 2015

    Professional affiliation

    Founder and Executive Director, Center for Independent Social Research in the USA (CISRus)

    Wilson Center Projects

    Combating Corruption in Russia and Ukraine: the Roles of Civil Society and Media

    Full Biography

    Dr. Irina Olimpieva is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Independent Social Research in the USA (CISRus). Irina established CISRus in 2018 with a goal of bringing together scholars to study post-Socialist societies. Dr. Olimpieva is also a Research Professor at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian studies at (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, and an associated researcher at the Center for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg.

    Her research has been focused on various issues of post-socialist transformation such as labor protests and labor relations, science and innovation, informal economy and corruption. She is the author of multiple peer-reviewed articles and a monograph about the Russian labor movement. Her current research is focused on the anti-war resistance in Russia. In the USA, she explores Russian speaking immigrant community, and specifically, highly educated female immigrants who created a specific sector of Russian math education in the USA.

    Major Publications

    • Background Corruption in Small and medium-Sized Business. Russian Politics and Law, July-August 2009, P. 28-43
    • Corrupt Intermediaries in Post-Socialist Russia: Mutations of Economic Institutions (with Pachenkov, O.) Europe-Asia Studies Volume 65, Issue 7, 2013, p. 1364-1376
    • Russian Unions as Political Actors (with Robert W. Orttung). Problems of Post-Communism, vol.60, no. 5, September–October 2013, pp. 3–16.