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Irina Khaldarova (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Russian TV vs. Russian TV: a Comparative Analysis of How Two Russian TV Channels Visually Frame the Ukrainian Conflict for Internal and External Audiences

Russian mainstream television continues to be criticised for being biased in its coverage of the Ukrainian crisis. It is blamed for blatant propaganda and appealing to historical memory and anti-Western sentiments of Russians. This paper seeks to investigate whether the Russian television employs different narratives if it addresses a different audience. The study examines the news stories related to the Ukrainian crisis on two Russian governmental channels: Channel One which is the most popular TV channel inside Russia, and RT which has been created to convey the Russia's viewpoint on the international events to the foreign audience. Specifically, the paper aims to compare what kind of images appear and how certain portrayals of people and events are presented on the websites of two television channels concerning three events: Maidan, annexation of Crimea, and self-proclaiming of republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The analysis collates quantitative results on frequency with qualitative examination of the tone of coverage and images (ideological or mythical symbols) employed by two TV channels.