The WhiteRussiansHistory project is an international, multi-year collective research project hosted by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. It aims to reconstruct one of the understudied aspects of White Russian émigré history, namely White Russians’ place in the transnational history of the far right in the twentieth century. It brings together American, European, and Russian scholars working on different aspects of the White Russian émigré experience.
Meet our team
Marlene Laruelle

Marlene is a Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, and Director of the George Washington’s Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES). She has widely published on Russia’s ideological landscape and Russia’s illiberal outreach in Europe. Her new research project is devoted to illiberalism as a new grassroots political culture in Europe. See more at www.marlene-laruelle.com
Ellen Rivera

Ellen is an independent researcher who specializes in the post-war German far right, with a particular focus on post-war anti-communist organizations. In the framework of our project, she is studying the current links between proponents of the German and the Russian far rights, mostly through extensive social network analyses and media monitoring.
Périne Schir

Périne holds an MA in Sociology and Philosophy from Rouen University and is an adjunct professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Law at Rouen University. Her PhD research focuses on political movements that position themselves between the mainstream right and the far right, and their ideological genealogy. 
Ivan Grek

Ivan is a history PhD and research fellow at the IERES. Ivan studies history of illiberal civil movements in Eastern Europe. In terms of this project Ivan and his team at The Bridge Research Network conducted archival research in four countries, took interviews with witnesses, collected primary sources, and created of the website.
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