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Anna Kachkayeva

  • Anna Kachkayeva has been at HSE University since 2009.

Education and Degrees

  • 1990

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 1987

    Lenin Kazan State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2018, 2016

Editorial board membership

2015: Member of the Editorial Board, Искусство кино.



Over 100 publications in Russian and international specialized and public editions.

LIPMAN.M., KACHKAEVA.A., POYKER.M. Media in Russia: Between Modernization and Monopoly // The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia Brookings Institution Press . pp. 159-190.  eISBN: 978-0-8157-3244-0

 LIPMAN.M., KACHKAEVA.A., POYKER.M. Media in Russia: Between Modernization and Monopoly // The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia Brookings Institution Press , 2018.pp. 159-190.  eISBN: 978-0-8157-3244-0 

Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7864/j.ctt1zkjzsh

The New Autocracy

Book Description:

Corruption, fake news, and the "informational autocracy" sustaining Putin in power

After fading into the background for many years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia suddenly has emerged as a new threat-at least in the minds of many Westerners. But Western assumptions about Russia, and in particular about political decision-making in Russia, tend to be out of date or just plain wrong.

Under the leadership of Vladimir Putin since 2000, Russia is neither a somewhat reduced version of the Soviet Union nor a classic police state. Corruption is prevalent at all levels of government and business, but Russia's leaders pursue broader and more complex goals than one would expect in a typical kleptocracy, such as those in many developing countries. Nor does Russia fit the standard political science model of a "competitive authoritarian" regime; its parliament, political parties, and other political bodies are neither fakes to fool the West nor forums for bargaining among the elites.

The result of a two-year collaboration between top Russian experts and Western political scholars, Autocracy explores the complex roles of Russia's presidency, security services, parliament, media and other actors. The authors argue that Putin has created an "informational autocracy," which relies more on media manipulation than on the comprehensive repression of traditional dictatorships. The fake news, hackers, and trolls that featured in Russia's foreign policy during the 2016 U.S. presidential election are also favored tools of Putin's domestic regime-along with internet restrictions, state television, and copious in-house surveys. While these tactics have been successful in the short run, the regime that depends on them already shows signs of age: over-centralization, a narrowing of information flows, and a reliance on informal fixers to bypass the bureaucracy. The regime's challenge will be to continue to block social modernization without undermining the leadership's own capabilities.

eISBN: 978-0-8157-3244-0

Subjects: Political Science


‘The Paths to Media Regulation in Contemporary Russia’ // Film/Media: Journalism in post-Soviet Russia: Ethics and Identities , BASEES Conference 2015 ,28-30 March 2015, Fitzwilliam College – Churchill College Cambridge , UK http://www.basees2015.org/ConfirmationNotes.pdf http://www.basees2015.org/programme.pdf

"Education and Media Literacy in Russia:genesis and Current Trend:Evaluation of the Level of Media Literacy of students HSE/National Research University HSE", The fourth International Conference of Media Literacy, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University, Ноng Kong , 5-6 november 2015  http://www.comm.hkbu.edu.hk/medialiteracy2015/eng/Programme.html



Kazan State University, Faculty of Philology, Department of Journalism.

In 1990 Anna Kachkayeva defended her thesis on ‘The role of television in regional social development’ at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Journalism.

Since 1990 she has been working at the MSU Faculty of Journalism Department of Television and Radio Broadcasting.

Since 2005 she has been Head of the Department of Television and Radio Broadcasting.

Anna Kachkayeva has been academic supervisor to over one hundred students on their graduation papers, she has overseen the preparation of lectures and special courses on the problems of audiovisual communication and supervised two doctoral theses.

Professional Interests

  • The transformation of television in modern Russia and all over the world;
  • The structure, organizational and legal constraints of the media, and broadcasting policies today, and how they affect the audience;
  • Media concentration and the problems of transparency in Russian media business;
  • Prospective areas of broadcasting, convergence and journalism in the multimedia sphere.


Since 1990 – worked at Moscow State University Faculty of Journalism in the Department of TV and Radio Broadcasting

Since 2005 – Head of Department of TV and Radio Broadcasting

Over 100 theses, lectures and special courses on topical problems of audiovisual communication have been prepared under Anna Kachkayeva’s supervision.

Timetable for today

Full timetable

Digital Culture and Media Literacy Centre to Open at HSE

The Centre will develop, research and promote themes related to media and information literacy and will become an online platform for discussing new transmedia and immersive practices in the digital environment. It will also continue work on creating various cultural and educational projects that has already been started by the HSE Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design.

UNESCO Report on Global Press Freedom Presented at HSE

The presentation of UNESCO's report ‘Global Trends in Freedom of Expression and Mass Media Development’ was held at the Higher School of Economics. It was an opportunity to discuss journalism and the growing gap between traditional regulators and modern consumers of media.

HSE Students Turn Books and Museums into Transmedia Stories

For two years in a row, students in the Master’s programme in Transmedia Production in Digital Industries have worked closely with publishing and museum experts, as well as lecturers from the HSE School of Media to reinvent the role of printed books and the traditional tasks of Russian museums. Some of their book projects were presented at the Non-fiction exhibition this year, and the museum projects will be implemented for the public.

'Battle of the Businesses' and 'The Vyshka' Win Best Student Project in Russia Awards

Two HSE student projects have taken prizes at the All-Russian competition for communications projects Eventиада Awards 2015. The reality TV show Battle of the Businesses took first place for Best  Student Project while the online magazine The Вышка (The Vyshka) won third prize for Best Creative Project of the Year. Both projects were supported by the HSE Student  Initiative Fund.

Russian Universities in World Rankings

HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov Talks with Gazeta.ru on Education Reform and Russian Universities’ Problems with Inclusion in World Rankings.

Evgeny Yasin: ‘The HSE, the New Economic School and Gaidar Institute Are Restoring Research to the Pre-Revolutionary Level in Russia’

Today, HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin celebrates his 80th birthday. The HSE News Service congratulates him, and in honour of the celebration, is publishing an extract from Andrey Kolesnikov’s book ‘Dialogues with Evgeny Yasin’.

Rural Residents don’t need Truth from TV

Rural residents are not concerned if televised news or its interpretation misrepresents information. Television plays an entertaining role in rural areas, and the internet is more and more often the primary source of news, researchers from the HSE Laboratory of Media Studies revealed in a study of media consumption in rural areas. The results were presented at the HSE’s XV April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development

HSE Students Joined the Olympic Games in Sochi

More than 160 HSE students are helping to organize the Winter Olympic Games broadcast from Sochi.

What Will the New HSE Faculty of Media Communications Be Like?

A new Faculty of Media Communications is being created at the HSE. Anna Kachkaeva, Dean of the Faculty, told us about its mission, courses, prospective students and graduates.

Structure of the HSE: Bridging the Gaps

On June 3rd, the HSE Academic Council made several decisions regarding the future of some university departments.