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The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Explores how Russia has been reconfigured in an era of ubiquitous connectivity

  • Answers practical and methodological questions concerning how to handle Russian data

  • Provides a useful guide to students and scholars interested in digitalization and digital research methods

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Table of contents (33 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Digital Russia Studies: An Introduction

    • Daria Gritsenko, Mikhail Kopotev, Mariëlle Wijermars
    Pages 1-12Open Access
  3. Studying Digital Russia

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. E-Government in Russia: Plans, Reality, and Future Outlook

      • Daria Gritsenko, Mikhail Zherebtsov
      Pages 33-51Open Access
    3. Law and Digitization in Russia

      • Marianna Muravyeva, Alexander Gurkov
      Pages 77-93Open Access
    4. Personal Data Protection in Russia

      • Alexander Gurkov
      Pages 95-113Open Access
    5. Digital Activism in Russia: The Evolution and Forms of Online Participation in an Authoritarian State

      • Markku Lonkila, Larisa Shpakovskaya, Philip Torchinsky
      Pages 135-153Open Access
    6. Digitalization of Russian Education: Changing Actors and Spaces of Governance

      • Nelli Piattoeva, Galina Gurova
      Pages 171-186Open Access
    7. Doing Gender Online: Digital Spaces for Identity Politics

      • Olga Andreevskikh, Marianna Muravyeva
      Pages 205-219Open Access
  4. Digital Sources and Methods

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 297-297
    2. Corpora in Text-Based Russian Studies

      • Mikhail Kopotev, Arto Mustajoki, Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaya
      Pages 299-317Open Access

About this book

This open access handbook presents a multidisciplinary and multifaceted perspective on how the ‘digital’ is simultaneously changing Russia and the research methods scholars use to study Russia. It provides a critical update on how Russian society, politics, economy, and culture are reconfigured in the context of ubiquitous connectivity and accounts for the political and societal responses to digitalization. In addition, it answers practical and methodological questions in handling Russian data and a wide array of digital methods. The volume makes a timely intervention in our understanding of the changing field of Russian Studies and is an essential guide for scholars, advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying Russia today.



‘This is the most comprehensive and timely book illuminating the impact of digitalization on all spheres of Russia’s social and cultural life.  Through the lens of this Handbook, contemporary Russia emerges in all its complexities and ambiguities.’

Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, University of Edinburgh, UK

 ‘A profoundly interdisciplinary resource that strikes the perfect balance between breadth and depth. Conceptually rich, analytical smart, and highly informative, the Handbook brings both students and scholars of Russia, Russian digital culture, and digital studies in general, critical insights into a newly emerging discipline.’

Michael S. Gorham, University of Florida, USA

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Daria Gritsenko

  • Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

    Mariëlle Wijermars

  • Higher School of Economics (HSE University), Saint Petersburg, Russia

    Mikhail Kopotev

About the editors

Daria Gritsenko is Assistant Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland, affiliated with the Aleksanteri Institute and the Helsinki Center for Digital Humanities (HELDIG). She is Co-Founder of Digital Russia Studies, an interdisciplinary network of scholars working at the intersection of ‘digital’ and ‘social’ in Russia and beyond.

Mariëlle Wijermars is Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics at Maastricht University, Netherlands. She is Co-Founder of Digital Russia Studies and Editor of the journal Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media. She co-edited Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere (2020).

Mikhail Kopotev is Academic Supervisor of the MA program in Language Technology at HSE University, Russia, and Associate Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include Corpus Linguistics, quantitative analysis of big textual data, plagiarism detection, and computer-assisted language learning. He is the author of Introduction to Corpus Linguistics (2014) and a co-editor of Quantitative Approaches to the Russian Language (2018).


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