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Investigating the Influence of Russian Propaganda in Central Asia

A video recording of IWPR and EUCAM joint expert meeting: "Investigating the Influence of Russian Propaganda in Central Asia".

"In today's interconnected world, the impact of propaganda and disinformation campaigns is a matter of great concern. Against this backdrop, the research ‘Narratives and perceptions of Russian propaganda in Kyrgyzstan’ by the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) in cooperation with the EUCAM programme of the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) sheds light on the specific cases of Russian propaganda and its narratives in Kyrgyzstan.

One of the findings of the research stated that “the social media products containing propaganda can penetrate users’ feeds via other users and as an algorithmic decision, creating an echo chamber effect” in online news consumption. Algorithms play a central role in this equation, as news items that are perceived as ‘relevant’ dominate the news feed while ‘irrelevant’ information is filtered out. The objective of this expert panel is to delve deeper into the findings of this research and engage in constructive discussions on the role played by algorithms of social media and search engines in disseminating the narratives and perceptions of Russian propaganda."


● Dr. Rashid Gabdulhakov, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Media and Journalism

Studies, University of Groningen & EUCAM Research Associate

● Galyna Petrenko, Director, "Detector Media" NGO (Ukraine)

● Kamila Smagulova, Researcher, Political scientist, PaperLab Public Policy Research


● Dr. Mariëlle Wijermars, Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics Faculty of

Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), Maastricht University

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