Prof. Robert van Voren (pseudonym of Johannes Bax)

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Full professor of Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

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Robert van Voren (1959) is a Sovietologist by education. A graduate of Amsterdam University, he obtained his PhD at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania). Starting in 1977, he became active in the Soviet human rights movement. He worked as a courier for the human rights movement in the USSR for ten years, focusing in particular on victims of political abuse of psychiatry. In 1980, he co-founded the International Association on Political Use of Psychiatry and became its General Secretary in 1986. The organization is now called Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP and is active in Europe, Asia and on the African continent. Van Voren holds a number of positions on boards of other organizations in the fields of human rights, mental health and prison reform. Van Voren has written extensively on Soviet issues, the Second World War, and issues related to mental health and human rights. More than a dozen of his books have been published. He was elected Honorary Fellow by the British Royal College of Psychiatrists and knighted by the Dutch Queen in 2005.


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Robert van Voren is interested in the fields of Sovietology, human rights, genocide, issues related to the themes of collaboration and resistance, and in mental health issues, in particular the abuse of medicine for poliyical purposes, e.g. the Euthanasia program in nazi-Germany and the political abuse of psychiatry in e.g. the USSR and China.

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Robert van Voren (1959) is a Sovietologist by education. A graduate of Amsterdam University, he obtained his PhD at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (Lithuania). Starting in 1977, he became active in the Soviet human rights movement. He worked as a courier for the human rights movement in the USSR for ten years, focusing in particular on victims of political abuse of psychiatry. In 1980, he co-founded the International Association on Political Use of Psychiatry and became its General Secretary in 1986. The organization is now called Human Rights in Mental Health-FGIP and is active in Europe, Asia and on the African continent. Van Voren holds a number of positions on boards of other organizations in the fields of human rights, mental health and prison reform. Van Voren has written extensively on Soviet issues, the Second World War, and issues related to mental health and human rights. More than a dozen of his books have been published. He was elected Honorary Fellow by the British Royal College of Psychiatrists and knighted by the Dutch Queen in 2005.


Research interests

Robert van Voren is interested in the fields of Sovietology, human rights, genocide, issues related to the themes of collaboration and resistance, and in mental health issues, in particular the abuse of medicine for poliyical purposes, e.g. the Euthanasia program in nazi-Germany and the political abuse of psychiatry in e.g. the USSR and China.