Founded in 2006, the Centre for Russian Studies is dedicated to the promotion of Russian Studies in various fields (folkloristics: traditional and contemporary culture, literary studies, linguistics, art, etc.).

The aim of the centre is to carry out interdisciplinary, modern and qualitative research in the field of Russian studies, in cultural studies and philology, to integrate the results of the research into academic education and to popularize it in the society.

The tasks of the Centre are as follows:

  • to carry out systematic studies of Russian studies within and between cultures;
  • to develop and implement interdisciplinary research projects in line with the Centre's profile;
  • to publish research results in Latvia and abroad;
  • to cooperate with other scientific institutions and to organize joint scientific programmes, etc.;
  • to organize scientific conferences and seminars according to the profile of the Russian Study Centre;
  • to organize traineeships of the Centre’s students in Russian Federation;
  • to support young researchers and engage them internationally.

The Centre carries out multidimensional and multilevel research of Russian language and Russian literature in the diaspora. It is exploring specific and general cultural contacts (folklore, literature, language, etc.) of both domestic and extraterritorial nature (Latvia – Baltics – Russia – Europe).

The main activities of the Centre are:

  • investigation of communicative awareness and modern speech culture of Latvian people in the aspect of socio-cultural interference;
  • language changes in the field of mass communication;
  • study of the influence of Russian linguistic culture in Latvia;
  • study of the interaction between Russian and Latvian languages in small social groups;
  • study of Russian folklore in Latvia and organization of folklore materials’ collection;
  • research in the field of “Russian literature in Latvia”;
  • cultural border problems – a comprehensive study of the "Russian language and literature at the crossroads of cultures", as well as the comparative aspect of Russian and Baltic (and more broadly – European) languages and literature;
  • systematization of Russian literature translations in Latvia, analysis of translations (literary and linguistic aspects).