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Influence of Internet Spreading on Protest Movements in Russia in 2008-2018

Student: Nikita Nekhaev

Supervisor: Aleksey Gilev

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Political Science and World Politics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

This paper examines the relationship between the spread of the Internet and the increase in the number of protests from 2008 to 2018. The reasons for the protests, the dynamics of their growth, and the dynamics of the spread of the Internet are considered. By constructing correlation models failed to find a correlation between the growth protest activity and Internet audience, but when conducting cross-regional analysis was able to prove that the increase in the share of Internet users has virtually no effect on the increase of protest activity, and in most cases is just a coincidence.  

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