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Student
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Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
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Year of Graduation
Anastasiia Baltach
How Elites See Themselves: Dynamics of Intra-Elite Coalitions under Conditions of Political Uncertainty (Evidence from Russian Telegram Community)
Political Science
(Bachelor’s programme)
2019
This paper addressed the following research question: What are the trajectories of forming intra-elite groups of key Russian political actors as represented by the community of Russian political Telegram?

The subject of the paper was representations of intra-elite groups of key Russian political actors when interfered with major political challenges.

The main aim of the work was to describe the elite group dynamics in Russian politics with regard to outstanding system perturbations, as represented in political Telegram channels’ discourses.

These are hypotheses I was aiming at verifying:

Medvedev’s re-appointment would weaken coalescing against him but will amplify alternative “centers of power” (e.g., Chemezov);

Pension reform announcement would weaken coalescing around Medvedev, but the overall picture is to be everywhere more fractionalized, as pressure “from below” harmed literally every institution of power;

Deflection in regard of support towards Putin is unlikely at any point.

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