Digital media and political opposition in authoritarian systems: Russia’s 2011 and 2016 Duma elections

@article{Gainous2018DigitalMA,
  title={Digital media and political opposition in authoritarian systems: Russia’s 2011 and 2016 Duma elections},
  author={Jason Gainous and Kevin M. Wagner and Charles E. Ziegler},
  journal={Democratization},
  year={2018},
  volume={25},
  pages={209 - 226}
}
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