Researchers Anna litvinenko and Andrei Zavadski join the Research group

Dr. Anna Litvinenko and Andrei Zavadski have joined the five-year Emmy Noether research project on "Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism: The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Space."


After receiving her PhD in 2007 in Russia, Anna Litvinenko worked as an Associate Professor at the Department of International Journalism of Saint Petersburg State University (SPbU). Starting from 2010 she was head of the German-Russian Centre of Journalism at SPbU. In 2012-2015, she was in charge of the Office for International Academic and Scientific Exchange of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, SPbU. Her research focuses on the role of new media in political mobilization, on the hybridization of media systems, and on the interrelation of media and politics in the digital age. She is interested in the specificity of discussions on different social media platforms in various socio-political contexts, with Russia and Ukraine being her main areas of interest. You can read more about Dr. Litvinenko here.


Andrei Zavadski graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO-University) with a BA in Regional Studies (2009). He also holds a dual MA in Public History from Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences and Manchester University (2014) . His research interests include cultural memory and memory politics, public history, memory and media, and memory in (semi-)authoritarian regimes, with Belarus and Russia being his main areas of focus. You can read more about him here.