Ilya Yablokov is a Lecturer on Russian media and politics at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom).
His research interests include Russian media and international broadcasting, Russian politics, conspiracy theories, nation-building in the post-Soviet space, post-Socialist media management, and the nature of self-censorship in the work of journalists across the former Soviet bloc. He is a principal investigator of the British Academy-funded project “Self-Censorship in post-Socialist states”.
His recent book Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World explores how political elites in post-Soviet Russia use conspiracy theories for political purposes and use them to boost social cohesion. Together with Precious Chatterje-Doody, Yablokov is currently working on the book RT and Conspiracy Theories.
He studied in Tomsk, Russian Federation (BA and MPhil in History), Budapest, Hungary (MA in Nationalism Studies), and in Manchester, UK (PhD in Russian Studies).