Joint Interim Conference of ISA RC02 “Economy and Society” and ESA Economic Sociology Research Network with the support of ASA Economic Sociology Section.

Special Events

Welcome Reception

18:00 – 20:00, 25 October 2012

The Welcome Reception will take place in the main hall of Polytechnical Museum (3 / 4, Novaya Ploshyad, entrance № 9) and will immediately follow Plenary 1 on 25 October. Attendance of the Welcome Reception is included in the registration fee of all participants. Be sure to bring your name tag for admission to the Welcome reception.


Gala Reception and Stipend Awards

19:00 – 22:00, 27 October 2012

The Gala Reception will take place at the Yusupov Palace (21/4 Bolshoi Khariton’evsky Pereulok, Moscow).

Attendance of the Gala Reception is included in the registration fee of all participants. Be sure to bring your invitation included with the program for admission to the Gala reception. You will receive an invitation along with your conference materials.

The LOC extends warm congratulations to the recipients of graduate student stipends for outstanding papers. They will be honored in the awards ceremony on Saturday evening (the Yusupov Palace, 27 October).


The Yusupov Palace (or Chambers)

The Yusupov Palace (or Chambers) is rare for the simple fact that it has weathered the test of time. The stone house at 21 Bolshoi Khariton’evsky Pereulok resembles a fairy-tale castle and dates back to the 16th century, though it was frequently reshaped and redesigned right up until the 19th century.

Decorated in the Moscow baroque style, the Yusupov Palace comprises two buildings that were joined only at the end of the 18th century. The ground floor of the right chamber is thought to be the oldest part, containing a living room, dining room,  bedroom and chapel. An impressive stone staircase, which still survives today, led from the 170 square meter ballroom, built to host sumptuous feasts and lavish receptions

The upstairs floor plan mirrors the lower one while the basement floors were once huge cellars replete with barrels of imported wines, Russian honey and berry kvass.


Short History

The last owner was Prince Felix Yusupov, who went down in history as the murderer of Rasputin, the Russian Orthodox Christian and mystic who is thought to have  influenced the latter days of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their only son, Alexei. In one of the few historical references to the building’s beginnings, Prince Felix Yusupov wrote in his memoirs that Ivan the Terrible used to relax here after his hunting trips, feasting luxuriously before slipping back to the Kremlin through an underground tunnel.

The Yusupov family lost the house after 1917, but it is interesting to note that Prince Felix Yusupov hid part of his family fortune in the palace before going into exile. After the Revolution, the Bolsheviks found nearly 1000 artifacts made of gold and silver.

After the palace was taken over by the new regime, it became a Museum of Military history. For a short time it housed the Chekhov Museum and since 1928 various agricultural organizations have taken up residence. A famous geneticist Nikolai Vavilov worked here, only to be later tortured to death in Stalin’s labor camps.

Restoration work on the Yusupov Palace began in 2004 and was completed in 2008. It is now possible to visit this beautiful palace, yet another of the many splendid residences that once belonged to the Yusupov family that was devoted to Russia.


Opening hours

The Yusupov Palace is located near Krasnye Vorota metro station. It is open every day from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.



The address is: 21/4 Bolshoi Kharitonyevsky Pereulok, Moscow

The Yusupov Palace can easily be reached by subway. It is a 10 minute walk from metro station Krasnye Vorota (Sokol'nicheskaya red line).

From metro station Krasnye Vorota: Exit to Sadovaya-Spasskaya Ulitsa. Follow Boyarskiy Pereulok and then turn right onto Sadovaya-Chernogryazskaya Ulitsa, stay on this road and then turn right onto Bolshoi Kharitonyevsky Pereulok. The destination will be on your right. Estimated travel time: 7 minutes.


How to get from Higher School of Economics (20 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa) to the Yusupov Palace

The Yusupov Palace can be reached from the Higher School of Economics by subway or by walking.

To travel by subway start at “Lubyanka” Station (Sokol’nicheskaya red line) travel to “Krasnye Vorota”. Estimated travel time is 5 min. After that you need to walk to the Yusupov Palace: approximately 7 minutes.

You can also reach Yusupov Palace by walking. From Higher School of Economics go to “Chistye Prudy” station if you turn right when leaving the building. Then cross the road and stay on Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, which you should follow for 500 meters. Then turn right onto Bol’shoi Kozlovskiy Pereulok (400 meters) and then turn left onto Bolshoi Kharitonyevsky Pereulok, which you should follow for 150 meters. The destination will be on your left. Estimated travel time: 20 minutes.


Join us

You can join one of two groups:

At 6:20 PM on Saturday: a group accompanied by Nataliya Komarova will depart from the Polytechnical Museum to the Yusupov Palace. Participants who want to join Nataliya Komarova should gather outside of the Museum at entrance № 9.

At 6:40 PM on Saturday, a group accompanied  by Dana Assalauova will depart from the metro station “Krasnye Vorota” to the Yusupov Palace. Participants who want to join Dana Assalauova should gather in the center of the metro station “Krasnye Vorota” platform.