IIKKA LIIKANEN Professor, Director of Karelian Institute, University of Joensuu, Finland. DIANA SCHMIDT Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen, Germany. RISTO ALAPURO Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki, Finland. KATJA KOIKKALAINEN University of Tampere, Finland. SVETLANA PASTI Department of Journalism, Unviersity of Tampere, Finland. JUKKA PIETILAINEN Journalist MARIE-HELENE MANDRILLON Centre d'Etudes des Mondes Russe, Paris, France. MARKUS SOLDNER Institute or Political Science, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany. DAVID LANE Professor, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK. BIRGIT BEUMERS Department of Russian Studies, University of Bristol, UK. JOHN M. KRAMER Distinguished Professor, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, University of Mary Washington, USA.