Russia’s Face Mask Diplomacy and its Supporting Media Narrative

Kursnummer: 110220

When: Thursday, 4 June 2020, 9:00-11:00 CET
Where: Concordia Cloud (Zoom)

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Cooperation project with the Representation of the European Commission to Austria.

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Konstantin von Eggert, independent journalist, political analyst, and consultant. Regular commentator for Deutsche Welle and independent media in Russia ( and TV Rain).

Olga Irisova, media analyst. Editor-in-chief of Riddle, an online analytical journal specialized in Russian affairs.


At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Moscow launched an international charm offensive. While the number of the infected was low in the Russian Federation, Moscow sent medical aid to some European countries and the US. Russian media accompanied these initiatives by pointing out to the weaknesses of Western democracies in dealing with the pandemic. As COVID- 19 spread in Russia, the narrative changed. The seminar will explore media narrative for the Russian audience.

Has the Russian Federation profited from the pandemic to strengthen and improve its international role? Has the soft power offensive been successful?

Concept and Moderation

Mirjana Tomić, fjum


Presentations, Q&A, dialogue

Target Groups

Journalists from the Austrian and international media.

Number of participants: Maximum 30


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Further Questions

For additional information about the session, contact Mirjana Tomic, seminar manager,, or call 0676 365 26 93

04.06.202009:00 - 11:00
kostenlos. Anmeldung erforderlich.
Konstantin von Eggert, Olga Irisova
Online (Zoom)