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Book chapter

Four russias in communication: Fragmentation of the russian public sphere in the 2010s

P. 63-79.
Bodrunova S., Litvinenko A. A.

Russia today is a fundamentally fragmented society, with four big milieus showing divergent patterns of media use and involvement into public deliberation within a hybrid media system. Our research upon media use patterns of participants of the 'For fair elections' protest rallies of 2011-2012 shows that there is a link between media use patterns in post-industrial urban 'public counter-sphere' and the protest spill-over, for which newlyformed media clusters have played a crucial role. As Russia is the 'world's top networking community' (as stated by Comscore in 2012), the research is expanded by search for echo chambers/opinion crossroads in Russian Facebook vs. its analogue Vkontakte.