Special Prize of the Research and Journalistic Papers Competition “Russia, Europe, the World”

Concourse European researchers

On 12 February, 2019 12 at the ceremony of the concourse for young scientific and journalistic works "Russia, Europe, the World" the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Russia awarded a special prize to the work of Anastasiia Rusanova and Ruslan Moldovanov entitled "A new wave of attacks on academic freedom in Europe".

Participants of the concourse for Young European researchers "Russian, Europe, the World"

The Head of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Moscow, Johannes Voswinkel, met the awardees on the following day to tell in details about the Foundation’s activity in Russia and its “green” values, to learn about the winner’s further plans and to discuss with them the most relevant European topics they had been reflecting upon in their researches.

The competition for young researchers and journalists “Russia, Europe, the World” is organised by the “European Dialogue”_Expert group and the Delegation of the European Union to Russia supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Russia.

For more information on the competition and the awarding (in Russian)

Paper abstract:

The analytical essay describes the recent wave of attacks on academic freedom in Europe. It draws special attention to the closing of the Central European University that made the European Parliament take seriously the problem of attacks against academic freedom on the continent. The authors analyse the discourse about academic freedom in different parts of Europe and come to the conclusion that the western and the eastern regions have different manners of talking about this problem. Grounded on this division, the essay suggests a theoretical frame of analysing academic freedom in Europe. Finally, the authors define the restrictions a modern global university has to face if working under the jurisdiction of a nation state.   

Full text of the paper "A new vawe of attacks on academic freedom in Europe"



Anastasiia Rusanova

Anastasiia Rusanova

Anastasiia Rusanova is a graduate student at the Jagiellonian University, a Visegrád and Oxford Scholarship holder, a dean’s scholarship holder (granted to the top 10% best Jagiellonian University students), and a Stanford University research scholarship holder. She is a winner of the historical essay competition 2018 “Poland’s fight for independence in 1918–1920” of the Polonia Institute, California, the USA. She won the research papers competition “Relevant science” 2018 with her paper “Polish Tourists in the Inter-War Union: an Attempt of a Phenomenological Research of International Intercourse” and the essay competition “25 Years of Democratic Changes in Poland”. She is also a member of the European studies students union “Koło Naukowe”. Anastasiia works on various researching projects on political history of Central and Eastern Europe of the 20th century. At the moment she is studying international intercourse, specifically between the USA and the EU.


Ruslan Moldovanov

Ruslan Moldovanov

Ruslan Moldovanov is a graduate student at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, a Visegrád Scholarship holder. He is completing his European studies programme, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. He is currently working on his thesis about the connection between migration and sovereignty in the EU political discourse. His academic interests lie in the modern political philosophy, nation state, migration, European studies, Central and Eastern Europe, Polish studies. He is the author of the Telegram channel “Indifferent Emigration” (“Ravnodushnaya emigratsiya”) about personal experiences of migration between continents and social problems of western countries. He has a blog on the Russian social network VKontakte called “Eastern Europe” (“Vostochnaya Evropa”), where he writes about Poland and Visegrád Group countries. His motivation to participate in the “Russia, Europe, the World” competition was to show the presence of some common European problems that, although concerning the whole continent, they are yet perceived only as local questions by the public conscience.