New issue for Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media

Russian Media Lab proudly announces the publication of new issue for Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media (www.digitalicons.org). The issue is guest edited by RML’s researchers Saara Ratilainen and Mariëlle Wijermars and by Justin Wilmes. Issue 19: ‘Women and Tech in the Post-socialist Context: Intelligence, Creativity, Transgression’ Since October 2017, the #MeToo campaign […]

Call for papers “Politics of e-Heritage: Production and regulation of digital memory in Eastern Europe and Russia”

                 Second joint workshop between the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, the Aleksanteri Institute – University of Helsinki and CEES University of Glasgow Venue: Marburg, Germany Time: 3-4 June 2019 In the last decade, there has been increasing interest in digital technologies and their influence […]

New legislation on ‘fake news’ on the Internet can be adopted in Russia – Scholar’s comment from Jussi Lassila

by Janne Suutarinen & Olga Dovbysh On 24 January 2019 The State Duma approved after the first reading two legislation bills to toughen penalties for disseminating certain information on the Internet. New legislation on banning false news and insulting authorities on the Internet, so-called “Klishas bills” (after the name of Andrey Klishas, author of the initiative), has […]

International Mobility through Media Lab’s Network

by Saara Ratilainen Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (Jomec) hosted one of Russian Media Lab researchers, Dr. Saara Ratilainen, as a visiting academic from September to December 2018. This is her account of international exchange facilitated through the Russian Media Lab’s network. My visit took place at an exciting time, as in […]

Serious journalism is far from self-evident – Interview with prof. Elena Vartanova

“The freedom of press as an ideological construct is an ideal which accountable media should pursue.” by Katja Lehtisaari & Janne Suutarinen Elena Vartanova is Full Professor, Dean and Chair in Media Theory and Economics at the Faculty of Journalism, in Lomosonov Moscow State University. Her extensive research focuses on Russian media system, media economics, […]

Lassila’s brief report on the 50th ASEEES Convention in Boston

by Jussi Lassila “All in all, Boston was definitely worth visiting this year.” The annual ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies) Convention was held this year in Boston on 6–9 December. This was the 50th convention that has been organised while ASEEES celebrated its 70th anniversary. More than 650 panels, roundtables and […]

Media and Religion: fighting for power or seeking common good? – Interview with Victor Khroul

by Janne Suutarinen “Unfortunately, ‘zone of accordance’ or ‘zone of tolerance’ in the terms of religion dialogue in Russia seems to be moving away more and more from the present time.” Associate professor Victor Khroul (Moscow State University, Journalism Faculty) has extensively studied media and religion in Russia. He is the author of the book […]

Russian Media Lab researchers at two local media events in St. Petersburg

by Olga Dovbysh Russian Media Lab researcher Olga Dovbysh together with RML’s partner Kamilla Nigmatullina moderated a roundtable “Local media as strategic resource of authorities” at St. Petersburg State University on 23 November. Dovbysh shared her observations on how authorities in Russia’s towns use local groups on social network sites to communicate with citizens, get […]

Russian Media Lab’s program at the ASEEES Convention, December 6–9

Russian Media Lab will host a panel at the ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies) convention in Boston. The panel will take place on Friday 6th 12.30–2.15 pm, in room Wellesley, 3. See the convention’s full program here. RML’s panel is connected to the project’s upcoming edited volume ‘Freedom of Expression in […]

The ‘Occupation of Runet’ – Kremlin’s campaign to tighten the screw online

by Janne Suutarinen Professor Markku Lonkila (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) along with Larisa Shpakovskaya (HSE, Russia) and Philip Torchinsky (independent researcher) have studied the Russian government’s measures of bringing Runet under tighter control after the social media -fueled protests in the beginning of 2010’s. The adoption of new regulations was followed by increasing punishments toward […]