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COVID-19 and Russians’ Political Sentiments

Margarita Zavadskaya and Boris Sokolov have compiled survey data on how the coronavirus pandemic is changing Russian society. Read the story about the survey findings, first published in the Riddle's article, and learn why the results show little sign of any ‘rally round the flag’ effect.   

Press Release: 6% of People in St. Petersburg, Russia have had COVID-19

Researchers from European University at St. Petersburg and Scandinavia clinic are conducting the first representative Sars-Cov-2 serological survey in Russia. Preliminary results show that 5,7% of St. Petersburg residents have had Covid-19. Saint Petersburg — 19 June 2020. Population-based serosurveys is the most reliable way to understand population exposure to SARS-CoV-2 — the virus leading to disease responsible for COVID-19 pandemic. Such tests detect proteins that our bodies generate in response to the virus.

EUSP and the Scandinavia Clinic Launched a Joint Study to Evaluate the Spread of the COVID-19 Disease in Saint Petersburg

The European University at St. Petersburg, in collaboration with the Scandinavia clinic, has begun a non-interventional observational study of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the blood serum (seroprevalence) in the population of St. Petersburg. The study will evaluate how many people in St. Petersburg have already had the new coronavirus and what patterns of behavior are associated with the fact of the disease.

Why Should Not the Actions of Nature be Translated into Human Language?

Some modern scientists tend to interpret the coronavirus pandemic as nature's revenge: with the help of viruses, nature “gives us back” for animal cruelty and environmental crisis. However, if you follow the theory proposed by the French philosopher Georges Bataille back in the 1940s, nature should not be confused with man, it does nothing on purpose. Violence committed by nature (such as an earthquake) is sovereign because it does not pursue any goal. Nature acts beyond humans, which also means beyond good and evil.

Do Not Offend the Flies

What do we know about the virus — is it a living or non-living organism? What methods do we use in order not to get infected (besides forced self-isolation)? Why we do not blame ourselves for the spread of the virus, but animals — bats, rats, marmots, snakes, pangolins? And what is important to understand in order not to be in a state of “bare life”?

Letters Against Separation. Diary of a philosopher Oksana Timofeeva about life in a village during a pandemic

Being in isolation in the Leningrad Region, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the European University in Saint Petersburg Oksana Timofeeva took part in the online project “Letters Against Separation” — a collective project on the E-flux conversations platform, in which authors from different parts of the world reflect on how Covid-19 influenced them, their loved ones, their cities and their work through a series of short, diary-like letters.

How COVID-19 and Coronavirus Containment Measures Have Exacerbated Problems in Russia's Courts and Prisons

In an episode of the Meduza's English-language podcast “The Naked Pravda”, Ksenia Runova, junior researcher at the Institute for the Rule of Law at the European University at St. Petersburg, speaks about the problems the Russian prison system faces in connection with the coronavirus epidemic.

EUSP Professor of Public Health and Gender Tells the New York Times about “The Virus Diaries” Initiative

The New York Times newspaper published an article about how people around the world start keeping their diaries with their experiences of living through a pandemic. Their diaries are told in words and pictures: pantry inventories, window views, questions about the future, concerns about the present. Some diarists record statistics: the number of infections, the number of deaths. Others keep diaries that are part shopping list, part doodle pad.

European University at St. Petersburg switching to distance learning

The European University at St. Petersburg switches fully to distance learning from March 23, 2020. From March 16 to March 21, 2020, free attendance of classes is introduced. The university will continue research and other work in compliance with all official safety measures.

Open Lecture Series 'Russia: Past and Present'

We invite international students, young professionals, and expats in St. Petersburg to take part in our new series of open lectures in English on Russia's Past and Present. For six consequent Wednesdays at 18:30 in February and March 2020, EUSP professors and researchers will deliver lectures on Russian history, foreign policy, energy politics, and global affairs. Working language - English   February 19, 2020Use of History in Russian Politics by prof. Ivan Kurilla (in English)