Project team

Margarita Zavadskaya, Project Leader, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Margarita Zavadskaya’s research focuses on how perceived electoral malpractice affects electoral turnout and other politically relevant outcomes, and how Russian voters consume and process political information translated by the media. This is studied through a series of survey experiments. Margarita Zavadskaya defended her PhD dissertation, “When Elections Subvert Authoritarianism: Failed Co-optation and Russian Post-Electoral Protests of 2011-12”, in the European University Institute, Florence in 2017.

Phone: +358 50 329 7066
Email: margarita.zavadskaya@helsinki.fi
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Elena Gorbacheva, Project Planner, Doctoral Student, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Elena Gorbacheva is a Master of Social Sciences working on her PhD on environmental activism in Russia with main case-study of the protests against Shies landfill construction, as a member of the Research Group on the Russian Environment. From 2020, she started to work as a Project Planner for Electoral Malpractice, Cyber-security, and Political Consequences in Russia and Beyond (ElMaRB) DigiREES projects.

Email: elena.gorbacheva@helsinki.fi
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Valeria Caras, Project intern, Master student of the European and Nordic Studies programme at the University of Helsinki

In her ongoing master’s project, Valeria studies perceptions of trust of governments across EU states during the corona crisis, determining what factors can explain the varieties of trust and why. Previously Valeria Caras assisted in the research project on EU-Russia security conflicts in Higher Schools of Economics, St. Petersburg. 

Email: valeria.caras@helsinki.fi