The Role of Propaganda in Representation of Orphan Issues by Russian Print and Online Newspapers in Russia. To what Extent are Newspapers Allowed to Criticize the Government’s Activity?

Author: Oxana A. Andrienko

Communicology. 2017. Vol.5. No.3
Oxana A. Andrienko, PR manager at Confidence Capital (Euro House, 133 Ballards Lane, London, N3 1LJ, UK), PhD student at Russian Academy of Science Sociology Institute. Address of residence: UK, London, St. Crighton, 7, N10 1NX. E-mail:

Abstract. In December 2012 the Russian State Duma (Parliament) introduced a draft law imposing sanctions against US citizens who had allegedly violated the human rights of Russians. The move was linked to a ban on future adoptions of Russian children by Americans. The measure was dubbed the “Dima Yakovlev Law” by Senators referring to the name of a Russian toddler adopted by Americans who was accidentally locked inside a car by his adoptive father during hot weather in 2008. The child died of heat stroke.
The adoption of the “Dima Yakovlev Law” generated a huge public outcry in Russia from the media as well as opposition activists and even a section of state representatives. The Russian news world has split into two teams – team State Duma and Team opposition.
The coverage of this subject by Russian media differs from one newspaper to another with respect to its policy. Using a content analysis of the print and online Russian media this study looks into the ways of coverage this case by pro-Putin newspapers as well as opposition ones and examines a level of ability of some newspapers to be critical towards the government and another ones to be supportive to the government. It is presumed that propaganda of the government’s as well as the State Duma’s actions took place with regard to promoting new ways of adoption. The other part of the media is considered to be an opponent to the first one and we look into the real content and try to discover whether there is a critics towards the law adoption or not and to what extent.

Keywords: sanctions, law, content analysis, news

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For citation: Andrienko O. A. The Role of Propaganda in Representation of Orphan Issues by Russian Print and Online Newspapers in Russia. To what Extent Are Newspapers Allowed to Criticize the Government’s Activity? Communicology (Russia). Vol. 5. No 1. P. 141-158 DOI 10.21453/2311-3065-2017-5-3-141-158

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