Vera Tolz

Vera Tolz
The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

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Publications (20)
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This article argues that accounts of the Russian media system that tend to view the time from Vladimir Putin’s rise to power in 2000 as a single homogenous period do not capture major qualitative shifts in state-controlled media coverage. By analyzing the output of Russia’s two main television channels during Putin’s third presidential term, we ide...
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Full text freely available at: https://theconversation.com/four-things-you-need-to-know-about-russian-media-manipulation-strategies-94307
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This chapter explores how Russian state-aligned television presents ethnicity and nationhood in its news broadcasts, considering the effectiveness of the medium as a tool for forging a sense of belonging. The material covers the period from 2010 to 2014, with the authors’ reading of it framed by the Ukraine crisis. On the one hand, television news...
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This article analyzes an anti-immigration campaign evident in 2012 and 2013 on the two main Russian state-aligned television channels, Channel 1 and Rossiia. This campaign marked a significant departure from the earlier coverage of migration-related issues by these broadcasters and, surprisingly, contradicted the federal government's position on mi...
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This article intends to make a contribution to our understanding of how the Russian empire was shaped by its colonies by shifting the focus away from the circulation of knowledge between the European empires and onto crosscultural transfers between the imperial center and one part of Central Asia – the Buryat lands in southern Siberia and Outer Mon...
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This article analyzes Russian television news accounts of the December 2010 Manezhnaia riots that followed an ethnic Russian football fan’s murder by a group of men from the North Caucasus. It focuses on the narrative struggle to reconcile official nation-building rhetoric with grassroots realities and broadcasters’ own assumptions. Using the tools...
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The late imperial period in Russia was marked by intense debates about how to achieve social, political, and, in some instances, cultural cohesion within the context of the empire’s multi-ethnicity and multiculturalism. To use our contemporary terminology, we can define the challenge that faced Russian politicians and intellectuals as a resolution...
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This article focuses on the circulation of knowledge within the discipline of Oriental Studies in Russia and in Europe from the 1880s to the late 1920s. In this period, two processes, closely intertwined but vectored in opposite directions, shaped the nature of science and scholarship. These processes were nationalization ("the emergence of the nat...
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Questioning Edward Said's controversial perception of European Oriental studies as a facilitator of imperialism, this article analyses the views and policies promoted in late imperial Russia by academics specializing in Oriental studies, as they debated how best to integrate ethnic minorities in the country's eastern borderlands. The article argues...
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This article analyses new trends in the assessment of Russian–Ukrainian relations by representatives of the Russian elites in the late 1990s. It sees a discussion of the historic roots of Ukrainian separatism in the Russian media and attempts to identify the origins of the ‘Russian national homeland’ outside Kyiv Rus as the first steps towards a re...
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The article argues that the postwar years rather than the 1930s, as hitherto has been assumed, was the period when top administrators of the Soviet creative Unions acquired their super-elite status. It shows how in this period the Union leaders finalised their control over the production and distribution of, as well as the reward for, literary and...
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By analysing the content as well as the conceptual and terminological framework of the current debates on Russian nation building, this article addresses the following questions. What cultural and historical heritage is used by contemporary Russian 'social engineers' (intellectuals and politicians) in their attempts to construct anew or reconstruct...
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This article examines the relationship between heads of regional administrations (governors) and the federal government in Russia since 1992. It looks at the methods with which governors have enhanced their powers vis-a-vis Moscow and at the policies of the federal authorities aimed at preserving some form of control over regional officials. The ar...
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Before assuming power in 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev seemed to be aware of the problems the Soviet Union faced and was ready to initiate reforms that included the transformation of the official media. After becoming general secretary he acted accordingly. Gorbachev encouraged to an unprecedented extent the expression of public opinion and openness in t...

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The project will provide new, inter-disciplinary insights into the post-Cold War global media ecology through an in-depth case study of one of its most controversial actors, RT (Russia Today). It will appraise the success of RT's audience strategies, its ability to reshape established journalistic and other value systems and its efforts to undermine the geopolitical bipolarity of the Cold War era. It will assess the role of RT's broadcasting modes, social media engagement practices and institutional culture in mediating and legitimising the Kremlin's foreign policy agenda and reshaping Russia's external image.