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Digital Activism in Russia : The Evolution and Forms of Online Participation in an Authoritarian State (2021)

Lonkila, M., Shpakovskaya, L., & Torchinsky, P. (2021). Digital Activism in Russia : The Evolution and Forms of Online Participation in an Authoritarian State. In D. Gritsenko, M. Wijermars, & M. Kopotev (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies (pp. 135-153). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42855-6_8

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Lonkila, Markku; Shpakovskaya, Larisa; Torchinsky, Philip

Parent publication: The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

Parent publication editors: Gritsenko, Daria; Wijermars, Mariëlle; Kopotev, Mikhail

ISBN: 978-3-030-42854-9

eISBN: 978-3-030-42855-6

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 135-153

Number of pages in the book: 612

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42855-6_8

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73474


This chapter describes how digitalization has affected activism in Russia by tracing the evolution, particularity, and the most visible forms of online activism in the context of the increasingly authoritarian Russian state. It discusses online activism in relation to “connective action” and illustrates it with two examples of contentious political activism: the anti-corruption campaign led by Alexei Navalny and the struggle to protect online communication from state surveillance by the Telegram messenger service. In addition, the chapter presents examples of Russian activism, which do not directly challenge the Kremlin.

Keywords: political activity; political participation; civic activism; activism; digitalisation; online communities; social media

Free keywords: Digital activism; Russia; Russian activism; Political activism

Contributing organizations

Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 3

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