Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Regionally influential powers are likely to pursue not just straightforward, rational policy goals but also sophisticated long-term, possibly ideological, ``milieu'' goals. These objectives may be far from obvious for an external observer and often require manipulation of public and elites' opinions on both domestic and international level. In our extremely digitalized era of Big Data, opinions have to compete with the facts that is why understanding better how they can be manipulated is crucial for both pundits and practitioners. While many approaches exist to address the topic, this work examines three sound cases from modern Russia in the exceptionally politically salient context of Ukrainian revolution in 2014. This country is an excellent choice for this task being recently highly active domestically and internationally in attempting to influence opinions and attitudes. Chapter I addresses the hidden manipulation targeted at the Ukrainian elites that resulted in an unexpected victory of the street protests in Kyiv. The following chapter investigates the state-controlled TV news coverage around this time. Finally, the last part analyzes the behavior of state-political trolls on the nationally significant Russian-language Wikipedia.
Chair and Committee
Michael Berchel, Sanmay Das, Justin Fox, Betsy Sinclair,
Labzina, Elena, "Bankrolled Elites, Controlled State Television, and Payroll Trolls on Wikipedia: Examining Russia's Strategies in Manipulation of Opinions in the context of Ukrainian Revolution in 2014" (2018). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1632.