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This talk discusses current trends in the development of Russian criminology given its roots in the Soviet Marxian tradition of thought. We are interested in whether this tradition is still maintained and in which areas the discipline managed to break off ties with its past. We consider whether the discipline’s development in Russia faces challenges similar to those in other non-core parts of the world. We look at how criminological topics are being studied by other disciplines in Russia (sociology of law, psychology, economics) arguing whether an emergence of an independent from traditional criminology field of crime studies is possible. We also compare and contrast research that examines crime and crime control in Russia published in Russian journals with English-language journals.
Anna Gurinskaya is a Doctor of Law. She holds a joint appointment as an associate professor at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University and a professor at the Department of Law, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her research centers on crime prevention, private security, police legitimacy and procedural justice; digital technologies and crime control. Her current projects include the study of sexual harassment in the academic setting and compliance with Covid-19 regulations. Her research has appeared in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journal of Crime and Justice, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, and Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, among others.