Cover Osteuropa 1/2013

In Osteuropa 1/2013

A Misinterpreted List of Defects
On the Alleged Crisis of Expertise concerning Russia

Klaus Segbers

Deutsche Fassung


Recently, it was claimed that, in Germany, there exists a deficit of specialised knowledge about the latest developments in Russia. The situation for research on Russia in Germany was said to be precarious; it was allegedly no longer possible to satisfy the needs of the public and politicians for analysis and qualification. Not only does this diagnosis not apply, the call for training more young experts and establishing a centre for Russian studies is unconvincing.

(Osteuropa 1/2013, pp. 171–175)