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“Russian Media and the War in Ukraine”
Vol. 1, No. 1 (2015). Paperback. 334 pp. €34.00. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag​
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/journal-of-soviet-and-post-soviet-politics-and-society/9783838207261
IBIDEM PRESS: http://www.ibidemverlag.de/Series/Journal-of-Soviet-and-Post-Soviet-Politics-and-Society/Journal-of-Soviet-and-Post-Soviet-Politics-and-Society.html

Julie Fedor​, University of Melbourne
Andreas Umland​, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Сooperation​, Kyiv
Andriy Portnov​, Humboldt University of Berlin


From the General Editor

Introduction: Russian Media and the War in Ukraine

Putin’s Crimea Speech, 18 March 2014: Russia’s Changing Public Political Narrative

Filtering Foreign Media Content: How Russian News Agencies Repurpose Western News Reporting

“Gayromaidan”: Gendered Aspects of the Hegemonic Russian Media Discourse on the Ukrainian Crisis

Historical Myths, Enemy Images and Regional Identity
in the Donbass Insurgency (Spring 2014)

Memory, Media and Securitization: Russian Media Framing of the Ukrainian Crisis

Combating the Russian State Propaganda Machine: Strategies of Information Resistance

Infiltration, Instruction, Invasion: Russia’s War in the Donbass

Ukraine and the Global Information War: Panel Discussion and Forum


Ukraine Crisis—Where From, Where To?
Richard Sakwa, Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands
Andrew Wilson, Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West


Karen Dawisha, Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

David R. Marples, Frederick V. Mills (eds.), Ukraine’s Euromaidan: Analyses of a Civil Revolution

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General Editor:
Julie Fedor, University of Melbourne

Sam Greene​, King’s College London
André Härtel​, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Andrey Makarychev​, University of Tartu

Consulting Editor:
Andreas Umland, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv

Ordering Information: Subscription (two copies per year): €58.00 / year (+S&H: €4.00 / year within Germany, €7.00 / year international). Single copy or back issue: € 34.00 / copy (+S&H: €2.00 within Germany, €3.50 international).


Hannes Adomeit​, College of Europe, Natolin
Timofey Agarin​, Queen’s University, Belfast
Mikhail Alexseev, San Diego State University, CA
Catherine Andreyev, University of Oxford
Anne Applebaum​, The Legatum Institute, London
Anders Åslund, Peterson Institute for International Economics​
Margarita Balmaceda​, Seton Hall University, NJ
Harley Balzer​, Georgetown University, DC
John Barber​, University of Cambridge
Timm Beichelt, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)
Mark R. Beissinger, Princeton University, NJ
Thomas Bohn, Justus Liebig University, Giessen
Giovanna Brogi, University of Milan
Paul Chaisty, University of Oxford
Vitaly Chernetsky​, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Ariel Cohen​, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, MD
Timothy J. Colton, Harvard University, MA
Peter J.S. Duncan, University College London
John B. Dunlop, Stanford University, CA
Gerald M. Easter, Boston College, MA
Alexander Etkind​, European University Institute, Florence
M. Steven Fish​, University of California at Berkeley
Gasan Gusejnov​, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Nikolas K. Gvosdev, U.S. Naval War College, RI
Michael Hagemeister, Ruhr University, Bochum
Stephen E. Hanson, College of William & Mary, VA
Olexiy Haran, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Nicolas Hayoz, University of Fribourg
Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, University of Bonn
Stephen Hutchings​, University of Manchester, UK
Stefani Hoffman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mikhail Ilyin​, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Wilfried Jilge, University of Basel
Markku Kangaspuro, University of Helsinki
Adrian Karatnycky​, Atlantic Council, New York
Andrei Andrey Kazantsev​, MGIMO, Moscow
Jeffrey Kopstein​, University of Toronto
Hrant Kostanyan​, Centre for European Policy Studies
Paul Kubicek​, Oakland University, MI
Walter Laqueur​, Georgetown University, DC
Marlene Laruelle​, George Washington University, DC
Carol S Leonard​, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Leonid Luks​, The Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt
Luke March​, University of Edinburgh
Lisa M. Sundstrom, University of British Columbia
Mykhailo Minakov​, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Olha Onuch​, University of Manchester
Mitchell Orenstein, Northeastern University, MA
Nikolay Petrov​, Higher School of Economics, Moscow
Andriy Portnov, Humboldt University, Berlin
Serhii Plokhii​, Harvard University, MA
Alina Polyakova​, Atlantic Council​, DC
Maria Popova​, McGill University, Montreal
Alex Pravda, University of Oxford
Per Rudling​, Lund University
Mykola Riabchuk​, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv
Ellen Rutten​, University of Amsterdam
Jutta Scherrer​, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Dieter Segert, University of Vienna
Anton Shekhovtsov​, The Legatum Institute​, London
Stephen Shulman​, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Oxana Shevel​, Tufts University, MA
Valerie Sperling, Clark University, MA
Susan Stewart, SWP, Berlin
Mark Tauger, West Virginia University, Morgantown
Vera Tolz-Zilitinkevic, University of Manchester
Amir Weiner, Stanford University
Sarah Whitmore​, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Andrew Wilson​, University College London
Christian Wipperfürth, DGAP, Berlin
Andreas Wittkowsky, ZIF, Berlin
Jan Zielonka​, University of Oxford

From the General Editor (pp. vii-ix)

For over a decade now, Andreas Umland has edited the Book Series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” (SPPS). Thanks to Andreas’ extraordinary energies, skills, and dedication (1), over 130 titles have been published in the series, which has developed into a valuable and richly comprehensive scholarly resource. The series has provided a home for original research on a diverse range of important but often under-studied topics, from neo-pagan political movements to corruption in higher education, to language policy and minority rights, through to state-sponsored youth patriotic associations, ultra-nationalism and hate crimes. Published as affordable paperbacks, SPPS books also reach audiences beyond the closed libraries of the wealthy Western research universities.
The launching of this spin-off companion journal is aimed at continuing to grow this interdisciplinary platform for fresh and original research on the Soviet and post-Soviet world. Like the book series, the journal seeks to create a space for timely and in-depth analysis of the recent past and current affairs of the region, especially those aspects that have tended to remain below the radar of mainstream international research. The journal’s shape and content will be driven by contemporary developments in the region and in the scholarship, viewed from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
We launch this new journal in the wake of a year that offered a dramatic illustration of the urgent need for specialist knowledge on the post-Soviet region. One of the journal’s aims will be to provide a platform for current research and work-in-progress on important unfolding transformations in post-Soviet space. To this end we want to put in place a rigorous but rapid peer-review process with a view to enabling the timely publication of research that is relevant and engaged with contemporary events on the ground.
JSPPS sets out to complement rather than rival existing journals. We want the journal to follow and build on the important and pioneering work done by projects like the Ab Imperio Quarterly and Kritika Journal in terms of internationalising the scholarly conversation. We are especially keen to involve researchers from post-socialist countries, and to provide a new bridge linking the English-, Russian-, and German-speaking scholarly communities in particular. By accepting submissions in all three languages, we hope to further expand the dialogue enabled by one of the world’s best periodicals in the field—the magisterial German-language monthly Zeitschrift Osteuropa.
JSPPS will offer a home for quality texts that may be hard to place in the current academic publishing environment. These might be studies of non-standard length: shorter than book length and/or longer than the standard journal article. We want to publish the work of emerging early-career researchers as well as established scholars. We are happy to consider first-class graduate theses for publication in article form.
In addition to publishing research articles, review essays, and conference reports, we are also open to ideas for submissions from non-scholarly actors in the region, such as civil society activists, artists, or journalists. We also invite proposals for guest-edited special thematic issues.
Like the book series, the journal is published by ibidem Press in Stuttgart and Hannover, and distributed outside Europe by Columbia University Press in New York. In recent years, ibidem has become one of the most prolific East European studies publishers in Europe. Our journal will complement not only the SPPS book series, but also other ibidem publication series in the field: the journal Forum für osteuropäische Ideen- und Zeitgeschichte (Forum for East European Contemporary History and Ideas); and the book series Literatur und Kultur im mittleren und östlichen Europa (Literature and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe); Archiv der Forschungsstelle Osteuropa—Quellen zur Zeitgeschichte und Kultur (Archive of the Research Center for East European Studies—Sources on Contemporary History and Culture); Changing Europe (edited by the Research Center for East European Studies in Bremen), and Studien zur Ideen-, Kultur- und Zeitgeschichte (Studies in the History of Ideas, Culture, and Contemporary Times, with a focus on Eastern Europe).
The journal sets out to meet high standards of excellence in terms of both scholarship and readability. We want JSPPS to become known for publishing creative, intelligent, and lively writing, tackling and illuminating important issues and capable of engaging wider educated audiences beyond the academy. We hope to offer a valuable new resource to researchers in the field of East European studies and welcome comments and suggestions.

Melbourne, March 2015
Julie Fedor

(1)  Everyone who has had any dealings with Andreas will have noted the prodigious volume of work that he performs as editor not only of SPPS, but also of Форум новейшей восточноевропейской истории  and “Russian Nationalism Bulletin,” as well as his generosity in sharing knowledge, information, and opportunities, and creating and maintaining new global networks of scholars. We take this opportunity to acknowledge Andreas’ outstanding contribution to the ongoing invigoration and internationalization of the field and to thank him for his leadership and service to the research community.


Edwin Bacon is Reader in Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London . He has published widely on Russian affairs, including books on the domestic politics of Putin (Securitising Russia, 2006), the Brezhnev years (Brezhnev Reconsidered, 2002), and forced labor in the Stalin era (The Gulag at War, 1994). He is also the author of Contemporary Russia (Palgrave, 2014), now in its third edition. Dr Bacon has served as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee. He has advised the Finnish parliament’s Committee for the Future, and in autumn 2014 was a Visiting Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.

Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales, where she wrote her thesis on contemporary Russian experimental poetry. She is the author of six books of prose, poetry, and translation, and a number of journal articles. Most recently, she co-edited (with Valerii Kislov) the Anthology of Contemporary Russian Texts based on Strict Formal Restriction (Moscow: NLO, 2014). Her research interests are in the history of literature, experimental poetry, avant-garde literature and art, and literature of formal constraints. She is the founder of the Antipodes Association of Russian Literature, Sydney.

Rolf Fredheim is a Research Associate on the Leverhulme-funded research project “Conspiracy and Democracy”, hosted at the University of Cambridge. His research draws on quantitative methods and large datasets to pinpoint the hallmarks of Russian political discourse and to track the use of historical imagery in Russian independent and state-controlled media outlets. Interests include Russian politics, automated content analysis, and modeling information flow on social media. He has taught Digital Data Collection at the University of Cambridge and has published in journals including Digital Icons and Europe-Asia Studies.

Elizaveta Gaufman is a lecturer and a PhD candidate at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. Her research focuses on the impact of verbal and visual enemy images in new media, including representations of gender and ethnicity. Elizaveta works at the intersection of political science, media studies, and semiotics, combining International Relations Theory with other fields of study. She has published articles and book chapters on Russian nationalism, migration, sexuality, and new media.

Nikolay Mitrokhin has been a Research Fellow at the Center for East European Studies at Bremen University, Germany since 2008. He holds a PhD in History from the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow). He has held fellowships with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2005–2006) and the Gerda Henkel Foundation (2006-2008). He is author and co-author of several books and more than 100 academic publications about ethnic and religious problems in the USSR and the CIS.

Alexandr Osipian has served as Associate Professor of History at the Kramatorsk Institute of Economics and Humanities, Ukraine, since 1994. His current work focuses on the use of history and memory in Ukrainian politics. He is also engaged in an ongoing research project on the politics of memory in Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova (1991-2014). He has published in various peer-reviewed journals, including East European Politics and Societies, Demokratizatsiya, Interstitio, and Ab Imperio. His research has been funded by the American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS), Central European University (CEU), the “Kasa im. Józefa Mianowskiego” Foundation (Poland), and two grants from the Center for Advanced Studies and Education (CASE) in cooperation with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and ACTR/ACCELS.

Tatiana Riabova is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ivanovo State University, Russia. She is сo-coordinator of the Russian Political Science Association (RPSA) Research Committee on Gender Studies. Her book, The Gender of Power: Gender Stereotypes in Contemporary Russian Politics (Ivanovo: 2008, in Russian) was recognized by the RPSA as one of the best scholarly works of 2008. Her work has been published in Problems of Post-Communism, Polis, Social Sciences, and elsewhere. She has been a Fulbright-Kennan Institute  Research Scholar and a visiting lecturer at the University of Wyoming, and has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the OSI, and others.

Oleg Riabov is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Ivanovo State University, where he is also the Director of the Center for Ethnic and Nationalism Studies. He is the author of Europe and the Bear (Warsaw: 2013, in Polish, with Andrzej de Lazari and Magdalena Żakowska); “Mother Russia”: Nationalism, Gender, and War in the XX Century Russia (Stuttgart: ibidem, 2007, in Russian); Russians and Poles Look at One Another: Satirical Graphics (Ivanovo:  2007, in Russian, with Andrzej de Lazari); and Russian Philosophy of the Feminine (Ivanovo: 1999, in Russian); and of articles in Problems of Post-Communism, Polis, Social Sciences, and elsewhere. He has held visiting fellowships and lectureships in Finland, Poland, Ukraine, and the US and is the recipient of grants from The Fulbright Program, the MacArthur Foundation, NCEEER, and others.


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