How Russian Media Targeting International Audiences Spread Conspiracy Theories

Kursnummer: 19820on

How Russian Media Targeting International Audiences Spread Conspiracy Theories

When: Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 10:00-12:00
Where: Concordia Cloud (Zoom)
Seminar language: English
Registration deadline: Monday, 25 May 2020

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Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and Centre for Democratic Integrity (Vienna, Austria)


Conspiracy theories are not mere myths. Backed by state institutions, they become potent instruments of political or even geopolitical struggle. This is the case in Vladimir Putin’s Russia: state-controlled media targeting the international audiences, like RT (former Russia Today), have promoted conspiracy theories aimed at discrediting and undermining liberal democratic societies. What is the place of the anti-Western conspiracy theories in contemporary Russia? Do these theories reflect the official political line? Which challenges do conspiracy theories pose to the international


Ilya Yablokov, lecturer in Russian media and politics, University of Leeds, UK. Specialises in Russian conspiracy theories.

Precious Chatterje-Doody, lecturer in Politics and International Studies, Open University, UK. Specialises in RT and conspiracy theories.

Concept and Moderation

Anton Shekhovtsov, external lecturer, University of Vienna, Austria. Founder of the Centre for Democratic Integrity. Specialises in the relations between the European far right and Russia’s state and non-state actors.


Presentations, Q&A, dialogue

Target Groups

Journalists working for the Austrian and international media.

Number of participants: Maximum 30

Further Questions and Additional Information

Anton Shekhovtsov,

26.05.202010:00 - 12:00
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Precious Chatterje-Doody, Ilya Yablokov, Anton Shekhovtsov
Online (Zoom)