News Consumption and Anti-Western Narratives in Russia: A Case Study of University Students

Joanna Szostek

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This article investigates the relationship between habits of news consumption and geographical imaginations in Russia. It uses results from a survey of students at a Moscow university to demonstrate an association between the news sources used by respondents and their acceptance of the Russian authorities’ narrative about the West. Students who used at least one state-aligned news source were inclined to express greater agreement with the official (negative) narrative about the West than students who did not use any state-aligned news sources. However, some of the Russian authorities’ anti-Western claims resonated strongly even among the non-users of state-aligned sources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)284-302
Number of pages19
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number2
Early online date1 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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