The dark double: the American media perception of Russia as a neo-Soviet autocracy, 2008–2014

  title={The dark double: the American media perception of Russia as a neo-Soviet autocracy, 2008–2014},
  author={Andrei P. Tsygankov},
  pages={19 - 35}
This article combines quantitative and textual analysis of editorials in leading American newspapers devoted to Russia’s internal politics from 2008 to 2014. Despite rapprochement under President Dmitry Medvedev, the media image of Russia has been overwhelmingly negative since 2008. Negative media editorial opinions of Russia reflect fears of autocratic political systems that are represented as a dangerous mirror image of the American system. To maintain this binary, aspects of Russian politics… 

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