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Representation of the Soviet Union’s 1930s–50s History in Modern Russian Media

Student: Alexandra Lukyanova

Supervisor: Ekaterina Lapina-Kratasyuk

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Journalism (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2016

The aim of the research is to study the specificity of covering the history of mass repressions in chosen Russian media and their relationship with the official Russian government policy and public opinion on the issue. The object of the study are materials on this topic published in given media (in text and audiovisual format): aired on Russian TV channels and published on the websites of Russian online media, which are among the ten most popular according to the company Medialogia (e.g. NTV TV channel, "Rain" TV channel, RBC.ru, Gazeta.ru, Fontanka.ru and "Russian planet"). The subject of the research is the specificity of the representation of the history of mass political repressions of the Stalin era in the indicated Russian media. Hypothesis: Modern Russian media cover the topic of mass political repressions of the Stalin era rarely and not objectively. Specificity of representation of the history of mass political repression depends on the editorial policy of the media.

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