Research portrait of Märta-Lisa Magnusson

mlmThe Swedish newspaper Arvika Nyheter (2016-07-04) has published a portrait of  Märta-Lisa Magnusson, senior lecturer of Caucasus Studies at Malmö University, describing how her interest in Russia started and evolved, and how it later gradually shifted to also include the Caucasus. bocker

Currently she is one of the lecturers of the online courses in Caucasus Studies, offered at the Section for Caucasus Studies in Malmö. Photo: A selection of Märta-Lisa Magnusson’s many publications on Russia and the Caucasus (

During the collapse of the Soviet Union she took an interest in the country’s minority groups.

– The Soviet Union was a multinational state. Russians were the largest group, of course, but 20 percent were not Russians. How did these peoples think and react to the ongoing processes at that time?

In that way Märta-Lisa found herself engaged in the Caucasus and became interested in Chechya, among other things. In the end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s together she undertook  fieldwork and organized study visits for researchers and journalists to the regions that were dominated by non-Russian population.

Read the whole article (in Swedish):

Photo by Anton Eriksson


Interview with Märta-Lisa Magnusson on Karabakh in Huffpost Brasil

Senior lecturer Märta-Lisa Magnusson is interviewed in the article “Precisamos falar some Karabakh” (We need to talk about Karabakh) by the journalist Igor Patrick Silva, published in Huffpost Brazil on March 10, 2016. Read the article

Para Märta-Lisa Magnusson, professora sênior em Estudos do Cáucaso da Universidade de Mälmo, na Suécia e especialista em conflitos pós-soviéticos, classificar Khojaly como genocídio demanda especial atenção da comunidade internacional.

(Transl.: According to Märta-Lisa Magnusson, senior lecturer in Caucasus Studies at the University of Malmö, Sweden, and an expert on post-Soviet conflicts, whether the Khojaly tragedy should be viewed as a genocide demands a special investigation of the international community.)

Listen to the whole interview in English  with Märta-Lisa Magnusson




Märta-Lisa Magnusson interviewed in Open Democracy

Senior lecturer Märta-Lisa Magnusson is interviewed on recent developments in Nagorno-Karabakh in an article published in Open Democracy. The article discusses problems related to the lack of  international standing of Nagorno-Karabach.

Read the article by Lucas Goetz in Open Democracy –  “Nagorno-Karabakh: European Dreams”:

On the security situation in Chechnya


Radio P4 interview with Märta-Lisa Magnusson, senior lecturer in Caucasus Studies at Malmö University, on the security situation in Chechnya.

Following a decision by the Swedish Migration Board a Chechen family was sent back to Chechnya from Sweden. A couple of months after their return the father was killed.

Listen to the interview: