Open lecture by PhD Candidate Rashid Gabdulhakov

Lecture 'Putin's media strategies and challenges in the digital age' to be viewed online

R. (Rashid) Gabdulhakov

Since the early 2000s traditional media outlets in Russia have been put under pressure by the ruling elite. This transformation of the media landscape brought about realities where state broadcasters support the Kremlin’s strategic narratives both domestically and on the global arena.

Yet, such regime-praising narratives are increasingly challenged by regime-discrediting media products made available across digital media. A recent example is Bellingcat’s exposure of the Kremlin’s “poison squad” accused of attempting to murder a prominent anti-establishment politician Alexey Navalny with “Novichok” nerve agent. Meanwhile, Navalny’s own investigation and exposure of President Putin’s “billion-dollar palace” hit unprecedented 100-million YouTube views in the first 10 days after publishing. Eastern European Student Association (EESA) is pleased to have hosted this public lecture, which addressed the intricate confrontation between pro-regime traditional media narratives and counter-regime digital media alternatives in Russia.

The lecture was recorded and can be viewed on Youtube: Putin's media strategies and challenges in the digital age | Open lecture by Rashid Gabdulhakov


Rashid Gabdulhakov is a PhD Candidate and Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on citizen-led justice manifested online as well as social media surveillance, affordances and governance challenges. Having lived and worked in five different countries, Rashid likes to describe himself as an ‘academic nomad’. In his spare time, he enjoys painting, cooking and blogging. You can learn more about Rashid on his personal website: