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From Screens to Battlefields: Tracing the Construction of Enemies on Russian Television

Alona Shestopalova

This book provides a systematic overview of hostile rhetoric on state-controlled Russian TV and shows how it laid the foundation for the Russian public's widespread acceptance of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. It reveals the strategies behind the Kremlin-directed television coverage of the Euromaidan, Russia's occupation of Crimea, and the first five months of the war in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine and demonstrates that, already in 2013-14, the hostile portrayal, dehumanization, and demonization of Ukraine was omnipresent on Russian TV.

After a nuanced discussion of the concept of the enemy, the author compares the construction of enemies by the Russian state's major international and internal broadcasters - RT (Russia Today) and Channel One. The findings show that both channels purposefully elicited fear and hatred towards Ukraine and Western countries in their audiences. Notably, Channel One--lesser known within the Western pundits community--was more extreme and radical in its coverage than the globally known RT channel. To provide a broader context, Shestopalova also draws parallels between Russian state-controlled communication on Ukraine and Russia's wars of the two previous decades, namely those in Chechnya and Georgia.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Ibidem Press
  • Publish Date: Jun 3rd, 2024
  • Pages: 270
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9783838218847
  • Categories: Political Process - Media & InternetSociology - GeneralTelevision - Genres - General

About the Author

Jankowicz, Nina: - Nina Jankowicz is Vice-President of the Centre for Information Resilience in London and Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University.
Shestopalova, Alona: -

Alona Shestopalova studied Political Science and Political Communication at Lviv and Hamburg. Since 2022, she has been Senior Researcher at the Centre for Information Resilience in London. Previously, Shestopalova held a fellow- and internships at the International Centre for Defence and Security in Tallinn, Institute of World Policy in Kyiv and Donetsk Institute of Information. Her papers have been published by, among other outlets, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies and The International Journal of Press/Politics.

Praise for this book
Propaganda is a vital part of Russia's war machine. This book coolly and authoritatively deconstructs how Russian propaganda has helped create a paranoid population, fearful that it is surrounded by enemies, and ready to acquiesce to and support Russia's wars of aggression. If we are to prevent future catastrophes--this is the sort of analysis that provides the understanding.--Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University