Speaking & Events


26-28 October 2022

Presenting a paper on “The new moral discourses about emigration from the Russia” at the Aleksanteri conference on “The New Era of Insecurity: How Russia’s War in Ukraine Changes the World”, Helsinki, Finland.

21-27 August 2022

Presenting a paper on “Public shaming meetings in the late Soviet party and Komsomol organisations: the construction of the Soviet subject or Kafkaesque absurdity?” at the XXIII International Congress of Historical Sciences in Poznan, Poland (21-27 August 2022).


1 – 28 April 2022

Visiting Fellow at the Jordan Center for The Advanced Study of Russia, NYC

1 August – 30 September 2021

International Visiting Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

12-13 November 2019        

Invited to participate in a workshop on “The Political Economy of Law Enforcement”, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne.

17 October 2019

Invited talk: “Living by the ‘Code’: Gangs of Russia”, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

12-14 April 2019

Presentation of paper, “Gangs and governance in Russia“, and chairing panel on “Urban Conflict” at BASEES Annual Conference 2019, held at Robinson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

15-17 March 2019

Presenting paper at Character Assassination and Reputation Politices (CARP) second international conference “Character Assassination and Populism: Challenges and Responses,” held at George Mason University from March 15-17, 2019.

31 August 2018

Presentation on “Living by the ‘Code’: Gangs of Russia” at Center for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA

21 August 2018

Panel Member in Graduate Methods Training Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington IN

4 April 2018

Presentation on «Жизнь по понятиям. Уличные группировки в России» (“Life By The Code: Street Gangs in Russia”) at Seminar on “Folklore and post-folklore: structure, typology, semiotics” at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow

2 April 2018

Book Presentation «Жизнь по понятиям. Уличные группировки в России» (“Life By The Code: Street Gangs in Russia”) at Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Moscow

16 February 2018

Presentation of paper “Gangs and governance in Russia: the paradox of law and lawlessness” at conference on Criminal Governance in Comparative Perspective 13th at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York

 29 August – 1 September 2017 

Speaker at a semi-plenary session at the 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association : (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities, Athens

7-8 July 2017 

Presentation at ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime 2nd General Conference: Organised Crime Today – Networks, Routes and Criminal Partnerships, University of Bath

3 June 2017 

Conference presentation: Dictatorship of feelings at conference on Perceptions of Dignity in a Historical and Comparative Perspective at the European University/NLO Publishing House, Moscow

10 May 2017 

Presentation: Living by the Code: Russian bandit gangs and their moral rules, The Open Russia Club, London

4 May 2017 

Seminar at the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath

25 April 2017 

Plenary presentation: Street and Criminal Culture, and its social influence in Russian Society, at XI Yuri Levada Memorial Conference, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

15 March 2017 

Seminar on Russian gangs at Department of Criminology and Sociology, Kingston University

24 January 2017 

Book presentation and discussion: “Gangs of Russia: From the Streets to the Corridors of Power” at Westminster Reference Library, London

16-19 November 2016

“Author meets critics” session at American Society of Criminology Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA

26-29 October 2016

Keynote speech: “Joining the Old Guard: Young People and Patrimonial Networks in Russia” at the 16th Aleksanteri Conference: “Life and Death in Russia: Perspectives on Russian Social Policy” in Helsinki

20-21 May 2016 

Participant in the 23rd Berlin Colloquium on Contemporary History: “Societal Transformation in Russia since 1980” – a project of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research in Cooperation with the Einstein Forum, Potsdam

11 May 2016 

Seminar on “Russian Bandit Gangs, their Moral Code and Practices of Violence” at The Mannheim Centre for Criminology, London School of Economics

9 May 2016 

Presentation at Monday research seminar, Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford

4 April 2016

Presentation of paper at round table on “Informal orders: street and prison (sub)cultures in post-Soviet countries” at British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

23 March 2016

Presentation on “Territorial structures of violence in Russia” at the second one day workshop of the Academy of Social Sciences, Regional Studies Association Research Network ‘Illicit actors, regional governance and development’,  British Academy, London

19 March 2016

Guest author session at Aye, Write! 2016″ Book Festival, Glasgow

2 March 2016 

Seminar at the Institute of Criminal Justice Research, School of Law, University of Southampton

15 February 2016

Public lecture on Russian Bandit Gangs, their Moral Code and Practices of Violence” at Kings College Russia Institute, London

26 October 2015

“Gangs of Russia: From the Streets to the Corridors of Power” – Book presentation as part of the Great Britain-Russia Society annual lecture programme 2015-16, at Pushkin House, London

24 September 2015 

Russian Bandit Gangs in the 1990s: Origins and Evolution” – Public lecture at the Turgenev Public Library, Moscow as part of the programme of lectures run by polit.ru. The transcript and video of this lecture (both in Russian) are available here

22 September 2015 

“Russian Bandit Gangs, their Moral Code and Practices of Violence” – Presentation given at a joint seminar of the School of Sociology and School of Cultural Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

5 September 2015

“Russian Organized Crime: From Predation to Assimilation” – Presentation to panle session at European Criminology Association Annual Conference, Eurocrim 2015, Porto

26 June 2015

“Victory of the outside: street and criminal brotherhoods and mainstream culture in Russia” – Presentation of paper at International Cultural Criminology Conference, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

22 May 2015

“Brothers in Arms: the Moral Code of Russian Bandit Gangs” – Presentation at seminar on contemporary Russia at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris

26 April 2015

Panel chair for Economic, civic and social conditions facing youth around the world” at Salzburg Global Seminar Session 549, on “Youth, Economics and Violence: Implications for Future Conflict” at Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg