Jeremy Smith is Professor of Russian History and Politics at the Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, having lectured in Russian history at the University of Birmingham for eleven years. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Helsinki's Aleksanteri Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on the non-Russian nationalities of the Soviet Union, including two books, The Bolsheviks and the National Question, 1917-1923 and The Fall of Soviet Communism, 1985-1991. He has received major research grants for projects on social unrest in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, the politics and government of the USSR in the Khrushchev era, and Georgian nationalism and Soviet power in the 1950s, and is one of the organisers of the EU-Central Asia Monitoring programme. In 2001 he was elected to the International Commission on the Russian Revolution.