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Book chapter

The dangerous Russian other in Ukrainian conspiratorial discourse: Media representations of the Odessa tragedy

This chapter analyzes an anti-Russian conspiratorial discourse within the Ukrainian public sphere in the aftermath of the Euromaidan revolution of 2014. Because it ended with a change of government in Ukraine, the Maidan transformation has provided fertile ground for conspiracy theories of various sorts. However, in contrast to Russian propagandistic constructions, which presented the Maidan as a coup d’etat staged by the West and committed by local neo-Fascists, Ukrainian conspiratorial discourses have not become a popular subject of analysis in academic research. With the aim of contributing to this research area, this chapter discusses how Ukrainian politicians exploit conspiracy theories to incite public fears and shift attention from the internal dimensions of Ukrainian problems to external ones. The case study discussed is the Odessa tragedy that happened on May 2, 2014, when 48 people died as a result of street clashes between two groups of Ukrainians, the opponents and proponents of the Maidan revolution. Using framing analysis, the chapter investigates the coverage of the tragedy by the news programs of three national television networks and Ukraine’s five most popular news websites on May 3 and 4, the two days immediately after the tragedy.

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Pintilescu C., Scheibner T. Routledge, 2020.