New research paper on Russian media’s coverage of protests in Ukraine

A research paper by Lankina and Watanabe on the Russian media’s coverage of protests in Ukraine, ‘Russian Spring’ or ‘Spring Betrayal’? The Media as a Mirror of Putin’s Evolving Strategy in Ukraine, has been published in Europe-Asia Studies. A limited number of free copies are available.

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LSS model for protest framing analysis is available now

We are delighted to announce that our innovative framing analysis tool is now publicly available in the LSS package. We performed analysis of the Russian media’s framing of street protests using a system developed in Python, but we ported the trained model to R to make it more accessible. We called it ‘dictionary’ earlier, but we decided to call it ‘model’ because it is a fitted Latent Semantic Scaling model. If you apply the model to your news stories, you can easily produce plots that are very similar to those in our papers. According to this model, a news article is framing street protests as “freedom of expression” when the score is high but protests as “social disorder” when score is low.

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Recent podcast on Russia’s 2018 presidential elections, political opposition and protests

LSE IGA organised a public panel on “Politics and Political Opposition in Russia,” with participation by Vladimir Kara-Murza, Professor Richard Sakwa, Professor Tomila Lankina and Vladimir Ashurkov, chaired by LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Oksana Antonenko. It was followed by the screening of Vladimir Kara-Murza’s documentary film, “Nemtsov.”

Listen to podcast here.

Recent presentations and podcasts on Russia’s media strategies

Podcast on Russia’s 2018 presidential elections, political opposition and protest, 30 November 2017.

LSE IGA organised a public panel on “Politics and Political Opposition in Russia,” with participation by Vladimir Kara-Murza, Professor Richard Sakwa, Professor Tomila Lankina and Vladimir Ashurkov, chaired by LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Oksana Antonenko. It was followed by the screening of Vladimir Kara-Murza’s documentary film, “Nemtsov.”

Listen to podcast here.

Talk at the Frontline Club on Russia’s Role in the Global ‘Information War’, 12 October 2017

Voice of America interview on Russian media (in Russian).

Presentation on Russia’s media strategies at a PONARS Eurasia conference in Washington, DC on Rethinking Russian Media Strategy and Influence.

For a podcast of a previous PONARS Eurasia event in which T. Lankina and other Russia experts discuss media manipulation in the context of Russia’s elections and popular mobilization click here.

 

BBC Radio 4 documentary: Long Road to Change (with T. Lankina interview)

This is an excellent recent documentary on the resurgence of mass activism globally, on the challenges that protesters face, and on strategies that they employ to overcome those challenges.  Description from the BBC website:

“In an age when technology has made organising protest movements easier than ever before, journalist Zoe Williams asks why we aren’t seeing long-term results. She looks back on the global history of activism to discover the pre-conditions needed for concrete change.

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest movements to secure equality, protect immigrants, and demand justice. But often these movements are doomed to short-term impact. Does today’s activism overlook the benefits of doing things the hard way?

By digging into the archives, Zoe looks back to the most impactful protest movements of the 20th century that permanently changed history. By analysing what key elements are needed for success, she will construct new rules of modern-day activism for future generations.

Zoe speaks to former civil rights organiser Marshall Ganz, and considers whether social media can work with traditional methods of protesting by speaking with a co-founder of UK Uncut and digital activists who studied the unprecedented success of Euromaidan in Ukraine.

Some activists believe the issue lies in how we measure the success of movements. Co-founder of the global Occupy protests, Micah White, explains how the failure of his movement showed him how activism needs to be redefined.

Finally, Zoe investigates how to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of any protest – from radicals that disrupt non-violent marches to handling media coverage – and how government bodies may manipulate protests to their own advantage.”