Russian Ideological Attraction in the West

Keating, V. C. (Lecturer)

Activity: Talks and presentationsGuest lectures, external teaching and course activities at other universities


In the past few years, there has been an increasing concern among Western governments and in the media over Russian influence. The Russians have been accused of influencing the electoral process through a wide range of propaganda and disinformation techniques including the use of fake social media accounts, internet trolling, hacking Western institutions, and RT/Sputnik. This talk will help you to understand the nature of characteristics of these activities and, furthermore, suggest that there is a missing piece to our understanding of Russian influence: the ideological attraction to conservative Russian values by a wide range of Western populist groups. Russian influence is not simply the spreading of falsehoods. These ideological similarities makes their propaganda more effective, gives Russia allies in the West, and sets Russia up as a leader in defending these shared values.
Period27. Mar 2018
Held atStudieStuen, Denmark
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Russia
  • soft power
  • liberalism
  • conservatism