Conspiracy Theories as a Russian Public Diplomacy Tool: The Case of Russia Today (RT)

  title={Conspiracy Theories as a Russian Public Diplomacy Tool: The Case of Russia Today (RT)},
  author={Ilya Yablokov},
  pages={301 - 315}
  • I. Yablokov
  • Published 28 April 2015
  • Political Science
  • Politics
This article explores the use of conspiracy theories by the Russian international television channel Russia Today (RT). Based on Mark Fenster's definition of conspiracy theory as a populist theory of power, the article studies the process of how various conspiratorial notions in programmes broadcast by RT legitimise Russian domestic and foreign policies and, in turn, delegitimise policies of the American government. It argues that the conspiratorial component of RT's broadcasting appears as a… 
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