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Russian Geopolitics of Information
Russian Geopolitics of Information

Author(s): Nerijus Maliukevičius
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla & VU Tarptautinių santykių ir politikos mokslų institutas

Summary/Abstract: It is important to understand how modern Russia uses information technologies and the media to retain (increase) its influence in the former Soviet space and specifically in Lithuania. This country applies traditional methods of electronic colonialism for the informational and cultural expansion: it keeps to the Russian language as a uniform code of communication and imparts former Soviet values, symbols and images into the Lithu¬anian mass culture. However, this informational and cultural expansion in the post-Soviet space, and specifically in Lithuania, cannot be explained only on the basis of electronic colonialism or cultural imperialism theories. The power policy exercised by Russia in this region blends together the western principles of media expansion, highlighted by the critical communication theory, with the exceptionally Russian authoritarian tradition.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 33-47
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English