Alena Epifanova

Program Officer, Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • German–Russian relations
  • Civil society in the post-Soviet area
  • Politics of memory in Russia

LANGUAGES

English, German, Russian

CONTACT    

Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-54
Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-16
Email: epifanova@dgap.org

Alena Epifanova joined the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia in May 2018. Previously, she worked at the Centre International de formation européenne (CIFE) in a PhD support program for postgraduates in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. In 2017, she worked at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, a platform strengthening exchange between European and Russian NGOs, lawyers, and academics.

At the European Academy Berlin (EAB), she supported a program for good governance for officials in administrative bodies from Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. She carried out freelance academic research for the journal OSTEUROPA and the Institute for European Politics (IEP).

Alena Epifanova studied Political Science at the Free University of Berlin and the Altai State University (Russia). She graduated in 2015 from the International Parliamentary Scholarships of the German Bundestag (IPS) and is an alumna of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

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Selected Publications

Russians Adrift on the Sea of Values
Mikhail Dmitriev on the changing values of Russian society
by Alena Epifanova
Russians Adrift on the Sea of Values
„Public consciousness of Russians is deanchored from static ideas which were stabilizing attitudes, now it is like a ship without an anchor on the high seas,“ – economist Mikhail Dmitriev on his study, indicating a change in values in Russian society.
Category: Russia
„A state does not get a Silicon Valley at the press of a button”
Jane Zavalishina about Russia’s digital economy
by Alena Epifanova
„A state does not get a Silicon Valley at the press of a button”
Russia’s potential for digital innovation is enormous, talents abound and banks as well as state authorities are often more digitally adept than their Western counterparts when it comes to dealing with end customers. Nonetheless, the conditions set by the state impede the sector’s competitiveness. This also hinders much needed investments for Russian start-ups that require access to global markets.
Category: Russia
“You cannot stop information from being shared or disseminated”
Andrei Soldatov on digitalization in Russia
by Alena Epifanova
“You cannot stop information from being shared or disseminated”
Digitalization is an innovative economic sector in Russia which showcases the country’s intellectual potential. Internet is readily available, with many Russian cities offering easier internet access than Germany cities. Russia is a network society with booming social media. At the same time, the Russian government is systematically trying to control this area. As this is not always technically feasible, Russia is intensifying its technological cooperation with China.
Category: Cyber Security, Russia
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