Topics of Ethnic Discussions in Russian Social Media

  • Oleg NagornyyEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 859)


The paper reveals the topic structure of ethnic discussions in the Russian-speaking social media and explores how these topics are related to the post-Soviet ethnic groups. Analyzed more than 2.6 million texts from Russian-speaking social media published for two-year period from 2014 to 2015 and contained at least one of the post-Soviet ethnonyms, we conclude that ethnic discussions in these media are full of socially significant and potentially problematic topics (15 topics out of 97 can be regarded as problematic comparing to the 4 out of 150 topics on random sample from The most salient topics are the topics about Ukraine-Russia relations over the recent conflict between two countries. We also found the racial bias in criminal topic towards peoples of the North Caucasus which are often mentioned in the context of crimes and terrorism.


Ethnicity Topic modelling Social media Russia 



This article is an output of a research project implemented as part of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in 2018.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsSaint PetersburgRussia

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