Areas of Expertise

  • Russia’s internet and technology policy
  • German-Russian relations
  • Russian domestic politics
  • Civil society in the post-Soviet area


English, German, Russian, Polish

Alena Epifanova is a research fellow exploring international order and democracy, one of DGAP’s core themes. From May 2018 to February 2021, she was a program officer in the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. Previously, Epifanova worked at the Centre International de formation européenne (CIFE) in a PhD support program for postgraduates in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus. In 2017, she worked at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, a platform strengthening exchange between European and Russian NGOs, lawyers, and academics.

At the European Academy Berlin (EAB), Epifanova supported a program for good governance for officials in administrative bodies from Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. She did freelance academic research for the journal OSTEUROPA and the Institute for European Politics (IEP).

Epifanova studied political science at the Free University of Berlin and the Altai State University (Russia). She received an International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag (IPS) in 2015 and is an alumna of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.


Subjugating RuNet

The Kremlin’s New Levers of Control over Elections and Society
Alena Epifanova
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