Abstract

Abstract:

This article analyzes the plethora of disinformation materials that emerged during the most recent negotiations between Russia and Belarus on “further integration”—that is, the process of “political and economic absorption” of Belarus—that took place between December 2018 and April 2019. Russian media used deceptive news articles to put forward their agenda and interpellate support among Belarusian citizens. The paper uses framing theory to identify the characteristics of pro-integration discourses in resources launched by the Russian authorities in the Belarusian regions between December 2018 and April 2019. The media disguised themselves as “objective” regional Internet media by publishing neutral articles, but came to disseminate disinformation and materials that promoted Russia’s agenda.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-4603
Print ISSN
1074-6846
Pages
pp. 461-484
Launched on MUSE
2020-08-14
Open Access
No
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