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Working paper

The Image of the European Union in Russian Media: Russian perception of the EU

EU-Russia-Dialogue. EU-Russia-Dialogue. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., 2012
Dekalchuk A. A., Schneider T.
This working paper deals with the perception of the EU in the Russian media sphere during the Duma and presidential election campaigns in 2011-2012. The paper traces the changes in the media perception of the EU after the resolutions of the European Parliament over the low quality and unfairness of the Duma and Presidential elections issued in mid-December and mid-March, respectively.  It argues that the Russian elections have not changed the perception the Russian media has about the EU (contrary to what happened to the media discourse over the US during the election campaigns). The EU political statements and its attempts to act as a full-fledged international actor have attracted little attention of the Russian journalists who have only barely reported on the fact of the resolutions but have never analyzed them and taken these documents seriously.