Little Patriotic War: Nationalist Narratives in the Russian Media Coverage of the Ukraine-Russia Crisis

Roman Horbyk
  • Asian Politics & Policy, July 2015, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/aspp.12193

Russian Coverage of the Ukrainian Crisis

What is it about?

What have Russian media been saying about the war on Ukraine's eastern border? An overview shows the events are framed in terms of the Russian nationalist narrative of WWII, where Ukraine takes over the traditional role of Nazi Germany. With the near-complete governmental control over television, this makes the media a powerful actor in mobilising Russians against Ukraine

Why is it important?

It is important as tentative but complex analysis of the role of Russian media in the war in Ukrainian Donbas. This is the gravest security crisis in Europe since the Balkan wars and 2008 Russo-Georgian war, and it is important to understand its roots, key actors and their involvement. The paper also adds to the growing body of research on information warfare and propaganda surrounding the Ukraine-Russia crisis


Mr Roman Horbyk
Sodertorns hogskola

I tried to keep my argument extremely short but bulit upon a vast array of sources and contextualised in the situation of the Russian media system, so I believe this review is an excellent entry point to the problem for non-experts while the experts may be interested in the interpretation that links Russian narratives on Ukraine to the WWII national mythology

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