I grew up in Krasnodar, a city in the South of Russia. I moved to Moscow when I was 16 in order to pursue the studies at the History department of the Moscow State University. After simultaneously graduating from the MSU and Collège Universitaire Français de Moscou in 2011 (and falling in love with the French sociology), I moved to Paris. There I did a Master program in social sciences at École normale supérieure (rue d’Ulm). I am currently working as a doctoral researcher at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. My dissertation explores continuity and change of the penal practices in Western Siberia from 1879 to 1953, with particular focus on the emergence of the labour camps. My research interests include social history of Russia, global history, history of punishment, forced migrations, and labour coercion.

Here I write about the topics that are connected to my current research, but are unfortunately too big or too geographically or chronologically distant, and therefore cannot be treated systematically within the framework of my dissertation. The format is quite elastic: it’s a place for intuitions, side notes, brief book reviews, all kinds of reports and reflexions.