Post-Soviet Press Group
The Post-Soviet Press Group (PSPG) provides a weekly opportunity to discuss developments in states of the former Soviet Union.
Members discuss news from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States, Moldova, the South Caucasian states, and Central Asia, covering a wide range of topics, including politics, the mass media, business, the environment, NGOs, human rights, culture, economics, and religion.
The core activity of the Group involves members presenting and discussing news items during weekly meetings. These meetings take place in person on Wednesdays, 13:00-14:00, in Terms 1 and 2 (excluding Reading Weeks) in the Masaryk Room on the fourth floor of the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) building. These meetings are held under the Chatham House Rule.
Members are free to pick any story they wish, with no need to notify the Group beforehand. In practice, some members choose an issue to follow throughout the year, making them the “go-to person” in the Group on a particular topic. Members are also free simply to listen to the discussion.
When presenting a news item, the Press Group member gives a short summary, before opening up to discussion with other members, who can add details and ask follow-up questions. Written summaries of these news reports are then published each week and circulated to members of the Press Group in the Bulletin.
Instructions on how to prepare material for inclusion in the Bulletin are available. In addition, longer pieces are published on the Post-Soviet Brief blog, alongside commentary from SSEES academics.
Several guest speakers are invited each year to the Wednesday lunchtime meetings.
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