Data on Russia
People doing research on Russia might be interested in certain datasets and survey series archived at the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD). This web page presents the FSD data, and other online sources of information on Russia. The data archived at the FSD are freely available for research and teaching purposes. More information on how to obtain data.
All datasets archived at the FSD have study descriptions in English. However, codebooks are published in English only for those datasets which have been translated into English. The codebooks provide detailed information on variables. More datasets are translated on request.
Religion and Religiousness in Russia,
A research series conducted in co-operation between the Academy of Finland and the Russian Academy of Sciences. The surveys were carried out in the 1990s, and studied Russian values and attitudes towards a multitude of issues, not just the religious ones.
» Series description
Social Change in Russian Karelia 2002
Social change in Russian Karelia was surveyed by asking residents of Petrozavodsk, Konopoga and Preaza questions about their work, financial circumstances, media use and experiences of change.
Karelian Media Survey 2000
studied media use, information sources, and attitudes towards the media in Petrozavodsk (the Republic of Karelia). Voting intention in the forthcoming elections was also charted. There is a codebook in English.
» Reproductive Health in St. Petersburg: Women 2004
» Reproductive Health in St. Petersburg: Men 2003
» Social Change in Russian Karelia 2002
» Democratization and Power Resources 1850-2000
» Measures of Democracy 1810-2004
» St. Petersburg Sex Survey 1996
» Significance of Minority Language Media to Minorities in Russian Karelia 1995
» International Foreign News Study 1995
» Social Change in Baltic Countries 1993
International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
This cross-national survey series was launched in 1985, and themes vary annually. The number of participating countries is currently about 40. Russia has participated since 1991.
World Values Survey (WVS)
This cross-national survey series studies citizen activities, attitudes and values in participating countries, including Russia. WVS data have been collected in five waves: 1981 - 1984, 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 and 2005-2006 (ongoing). Wide-ranging themes cover, among others, involvement in voluntary organisations, occupational life, religious attitudes, attitudes towards work and unemployment, and trust in institutions. A new WVS database allows users to make online analysis.
Trends in Central and Eastern Eurobarometer Surveys (CEEB) 1990-1997
GESIS provides this website offering information on Eurobarometer surveys conducted in Central and Eastern Europe. Topics covered have included the European Union, and democratic and economic reforms.
Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES)
CSES is a collaborative cross-national research program on election studies conducted in over fifty states. It allows researchers to conduct cross-level and cross-national analyses. The data are freely downloadable from the web site, and require registration only.
The surveys listed on this page are only a small sample of all data related to Russia archived at the FSD. It is therefore worthwhile to search the FSD's data catalogue, also by keywords. See also the search instructions.
University Information System RUSSIA
provides a digital thematic library, focusing on economics and social sciences. The collections include statistical data and article databases, mostly in Russian. Services are free of charge but require a registration.
maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction. A unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, ICPSR is a membership-based organisation, with over 500 member colleges and universities around the world.
GESIS in Germany provides a website on studies from Eastern Europe. More information.
Integrum World Wide
Electronic collection of Russian and CIS mass media. Integrum databases cover newspapers, magazines, teletypes of information agencies, analytical and statistical bulletins, texts of laws and decrees and much more.
» Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA)
» Aleksanteri Institute
» Russian Academy of Sciences
» UCL Directory of Internet Resources on Central and Eastern Europe and Russia
» Russia Profile