Dr. Anna Litvinenko (Researcher)

Short Bio

Anna Litvinenko was a researcher in the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism – The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet World” between 2015 and 2019. After receiving her PhD in 2007 in Russia she 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. Anna is a recipient of several grants including fellowships of the German Bundestag and the German-Russian Forum (the “Journalists from Russia” programme).


She has been a practicing journalist since 1996 and has received several journalism awards, among them the Special Prize of the Peter-Boenisch Contest of the German-Russian Forum “Petersburger Dialog” (2010) and the prize “For Professionalism in Journalism“ of Goethe-Institute’s international contest “Feeling of Presence” (2007). In 2011-2012 she was a visiting researcher at Freie Universität Berlin, as a recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation).

Research interests

Anna Litvinenko’s 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. She also did research on different aspects of the German media system and is interested in comparative approaches juxtaposing the usage of social media in (semi-)authoritarian regimes and in established democracies.

Selected Publications

  • Litvinenko, A., & Zavadski, A. (forthcoming). Memories on demand: Narratives about 1917 in Russia’s online authoritarian publics. Europe-Asia Studies (the Authors' Accepted Manuscript is available here). 
  • Fengler, S., Kreutler, M., Alku, M., Barlovac, B., Bastian, M., Bodrunova, S., Brinkmann, J., Dingerkus, F., Hájek, R., Knopper, S., Kus, M., Láb, F., Lees, C., Litvinenko, A., Medeiros, D., Orlova, D., Ozolina, L., Paluch, A., Radu, R., Stefanikova S., Veldhoen H., & Zguri, R. (2018). The Ukraine conflict and the European media: A comparative study of newspapers in 13 European countries. Journalism, 2(2015). https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884918774311 
  • Bodrunova, S. S., Litvinenko, A. A. & Blekanov, I. S. (2018). Please Follow Us: Media roles in Twitter discussions in the United States, Germany, France, and Russia. Journalism Practice, 12(2), 177–203. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2017.1394208 
  • Toepfl, F. & Litvinenko, A. (2017). Transferring control from the backend to the frontend: A comparison of the discourse architectures of comment sections on news websites across the post-Soviet world. New Media & Society, 146144481773371. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444817733710
  • Bodrunova, S. S., Litvinenko, A. A., & Blekanov, I. S. (2017). Comparing Influencers: Activity vs. Connectivity Measures in Defining Key Actors in Twitter Ad Hoc Discussions on Migrants in Germany and Russia. In: G. L. Ciampaglia, A. Mashhadi, & T. Yasseri (Eds.), Social Informatics: 9th International Conference, SocInfo 2017, Oxford, UK, September 13-15, 2017, Proceedings (Vol. 10539, pp. 360–376). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67217-5_22
  • Bodrunova, S. S., Smoliarova, A. S., Blekanov, I. S. & Litvinenko, A. A. (2017). Content Sharing in Conflictual Ad-Hoc Twitter Discussions: National Patterns or Universal Trends? In D. A. Alexandrov, A. V. Boukhanovsky, A. V. Chugunov, Y. Kabanov, & O. Koltsova (Eds.), Communications in Computer and Information Science. DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND GLOBAL SOCIETY: Second international conference (Vol. 745, pp. 3–15): SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PU. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69784-0_1
  • Litvinenko, A. & Kharuk, I. (2016). „Unsichtbare rote Linien“: Internet-Regulierung und ihre Konsequenzen für den Online-Journalismus in Russland. Russland Analysen, 324, 2-5. Retrieved from http://www.laender-analysen.de/russland/pdf/RusslandAnalysen324.pdf    
  • Bodrunova, S., Litvinenko, A. & Blekanov, I. (2016). ACM International Conference Proceeding Series: Influencers on the Russian Twitter: Institutions vs. people in the discussion on migrants, pp. 212-222. DOI: 10.1145/3014087.3014106
  • Bodrunova, S. & Litvinenko, A. (2016). Fragmentation of society and media hybridisation in today’s Russia: How Facebook voices collective demands. Zhurnal Issledovanii Sotsial'noi Politiki, 14(1), 113-124. Retrieved from https://jsps.hse.ru/en/2016-14-1/178312074.html 
  • Bodrunova, S. & Litvinenko, A. (2015). Four Russias in communication: Fragmentation of the Russian public sphere in the 2010s. In B. Dobek-Ostrowska & M. Glowacki (Eds.), Democracy and media in Central and Eastern Europe 25 years on (pp. 63-79). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • Litvinenko, A., Smoliarova, A., Bekurov, R., Puiy, A. & Glinternik, E. (2015). Mapping international journalism in post-Soviet Russia: Global trends versus national context. International Review of Management and Marketing, 5, 49-54.
  • Litvinenko, A. & Bodrunova, S. (2013). New Media and the Political Protest: The Formation of a Public Counter-Sphere in Russia of 2008-2012. In: Russia’s Changing Economic and Political Regimes. Eds. A.Makarychev, A.Mommen. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415641715
  • Litvinenko, A. & Bodrunova, S. (2013). Hybridization of the Media System in Russia: Technological and Political Aspects. In: World of Media 2012. Ed. E. Vartanova , Moscow State University. P. 37-50.
  • Litvinenko, A. (2012). Social Media and Perspectives of Liquid Democracy on the Example of Political Communication of the Pirate Party in Germany. In: Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on eGovernment in Barcelona, Juni 2012. P. 403-408.
  • Litvinenko, A. (2012). The Role of Social Media in Political Mobilization in Russia (On the Example of Parliamentary Elections 2011). In: Proceedings of International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2012 (Danube University, Austria).


Free University of Berlin

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Otto-von-Simson-Straße 3, Room 201
14195 Berlin, Germany


Email: anna.litvinenko[at]fu-berlin.de