Twitter-based discourse on migrants in Russia: The case of 2013 bashings in Biryulyovo

S.S. Bodrunova, A.A. Litvinenko, D.P. Gavra, A.V. Yakunin

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According to a number of scholars, Twitter possesses big potential to become a “crossroads of discourses” due to its openness, de-hierarchization, and spontaneity (Miller, 2010; Shirky, 2008). At the same time, substantial criticism has risen towards political and deliberative efficacy of Twitter (Fuchs, 2014). The authors aim at analyzing the features of the Twitter-based agenda setting within the hybrid media system in Russia (Chadwick, 2013; Bodrunova and Litvinenko, 2013a). The research question is whether the use of Twitter in the Russian socio-political context potentially leads to the formation of the “crossroads of opinions” or, in contrast, to closing-up of political discussion and to further fragmentation of public discourse. The research focuses on structural and content aspects of discussion on anti-migrant bashings in Biryulyovo (Moscow) that happened in October 2013. Our research methods include automated vocabulary-based web crawling, word frequency analysis, manual coding of tweets, and interp
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-104
JournalInternational Review of Management and Marketing
StatePublished - 2015


  • Echo chambers
  • Migrants
  • Russia
  • Social media
  • Twitter
  • Web crawling


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