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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Orkun Arslan
Portrait of Crimean and Ukrainian Conflicts in the Russian Media
Politics. Economics. Philosophy
(Master’s programme)
2018
This thesis examines whether there is a frame difference in online news coverage of the

Crimean and Eastern Ukrainian crises by English-language Russian media. The research is grounded in framing theory and literature on state-media relations and the framing of internatitional news.

Sample online articles from each newspaper were selected and these selected articles were content analyzed in order to identify the frames and sources used in media news coverage about these crises.

The results of the study show that there is a significant difference between two sources under study. This study reveals that Sputnik mostly utilized pro-Russian sources and frames which emphasize the ties with Crimea, delegitimize the new Kiev government and its actions regarding the Donbass region, and to justify Russian policies and actions; whereas The Moscow Times' use of frames and sources were more balanced.

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