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Semen Malyarov
The «Russian world» in 2018 Presidential Elections
Applied Politics
(Master’s programme)
The research object is the symbolic elements of the “Russian world” concept.

More specifically – the structure of the “Russian world’s” symbolic repertoire within the electoral campaigns of candidates for the 2018 Russian presidential election

The goal of that research is to determine, how are the symbolic elements structured within the discourses of candidates and how do these symbolic systems relate with each other

In order to accomplish this goal, several tasks are to be achieved:

1. Determine the general structure of the “Russian world” within the discourses of candidates

2. Generalize the data and create an interpretative scheme, describing the symbolic structure of the concept for each candidate

3. Compare the interpretative schemes; derive the main differences and similarities.

4. Interpret the results using the symbolic politics theoretical base

5. Based on the achieved results create a roadmap for future development of the “Russian world” concept as a whole and individual symbolic elements within

Following research methods were used to fulfill said tasks:

1. Critical Discourse-Analysis (CDA)

2. Symbolic Approach

This paper contains 68 pages and consists of: introduction, 4 chapters, list of used sources and an attachment

First chapter describes the tools (both theoretical and methodological) used to conduct the research. The second chapter covers the existing theoretical works and how are they used in this paper. Third chapter describes the empirical stage. The fourth chapter covers the interpretation of results.

The relevance of this research is based on the rise of interest towards certain symbolic elements of the concepts from various actors of symbolic politics.

The results achieved in this work may be of use to scientists working in the fields of symbolic politics and nation building, as well as to specialists working in Russian politics.

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