The Swedish Center for Russian Studies was established in 2016. SCRS is dedicated to providing insights and perspective on the developments in Russia, the Baltic region and Eastern Europe. By taking a Russian perspective, using Russian values and views, SCRS provides original analyses on a strategic level as well as in specific projects.
WHO WE ARE
SCRS draws competence from the Swedish business community, the academic community, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Armed Forces. Besides its own staff, SCRS brings together numerous other Swedish experts on Russia who contribute to SCRS’s quality research, analyses, and strategic recommendations on a full range of issues related to Russia.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We believe that understanding Russia requires taking a different perspective than the traditional western view. In doing so the inherent risk of misunderstanding and misinterpreting fundamental developments can be avoided. Our work is based on a continuous analysis of Russian values, interests and internal dynamics. To further deepen the understanding of Russian values, Russian thinking and a Russian perspective in our analyses, we continuously engage our vast network of stakeholders – decision makers as well as analysts – in Russia and its neighboring regions.
WORLD VALUE SURVEY
We find the WVS map a good starting point to understand the differences between Russia and other countries. WVS is the best and most experienced mapper of cultural, political and social values around the world. Their map is built around 10 questions representing values on two dimensions, but the data consists of more than 260 questions. Russia differs from most Western countries concerning emancipatory values. Russians put more emphasis on security and order than political freedoms, tolerance and trust in others. The data on the map are from around 2011, but we have analyzed the new data for Russia collected in December 2017. The more detailed analysis can be found in our report 18-08 “Recent trends of values in Russia”.