Ukraine conflict and Russia’s media transformation

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A new paper by Jill Dougherty, Spring 2014 Fellow and former CNN Moscow bureau chief, traces the shift in Russia’s ideology and its effect on media coverage of the Ukraine conflict.

In the piece, Dougherty says, all sides of the Russia-Ukraine conflict are using propaganda, including the United States and other Western countries. But, for Moscow, the conflict in Ukraine is accelerating changes already under way in the Russian media, primarily the centralization and mobilization of information resources in the hands of the state.  This is providing the Kremlin—and President Vladimir Putin—the means to influence public opinion domestically, as well as assert Russia’s policies, views and values internationally.