Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

Activism in Emigration: Emotional Experience and Collective Action

Fri31  Mar02:30pm(15 mins)
James Watt South Stephenson Room


Egor Sokolov1
1 University of Oxford, UK


I will present the results of the research by the independent research group “After 24” focused on Russian emigration to Armenia and Georgia. I will start by outlining the overall picture of migration and then I will concentrate on its particular aspect and analyse the emotions and civil activity of political emigrants.

1. I would like to show the graphics and discuss the results of the quantitative research. At its first stage (March – May) we received 900 responses. The second stage of the research starts in October and is aimed at those who left Russia fleeing from mobilization. By the time the conference is held, its results will be processed. Thus, there will be an opportunity to compare the social and demographic characteristics, the motives for departure and the difficulties specific to the two peaks of migration during the war.

2. I intend to look into a small but prominent group of migrants. I conducted 10 in-depth interviews with political and civil activists. I will talk about several key activist projects launched by Russian emigrants in Yerevan. I will analyse the main features of the narratives they use to describe the war and their departure as well as their emotional repertoire. I seek to demonstrate that a close linkage between political events and personal experience, and the inseparability of political or civil activity from emotions are indicative of major shifts in Russian political activism.