Ilya Yablokov

Teaches Russian history, politics and culture at the University of Leeds (UK). His research interests include conspiracy theories, nation-building and politics in post-Soviet Russia, the history of post-Soviet journalism and international broadcasting. His book Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World (Cambridge: Polity Press) is forthcoming in 2018.


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‘Don’t let the facts spoil a good story’

Russian journalism from Gorbachev to Putin

The ethos of journalistic independence that flourished in the USSR during glasnost degenerated, in the following decades, into political partisanship and commercial opportunism. In today’s Russia, self-censorship and tact are regarded as survival skills in a much-diminished sector.

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