Article co-authored by Dr Michael Rochlitz re authoritarian propaganda on social media

The winner of presidential elections in Putin’s Russia is easy to predict, as is often the
case with autocratic elections around the world. Their main goal is not the selection of the
most capable candidate but signalling the incumbent’s strength via a landslide victory at the

Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Fellow Dr Michael Rochlitz has co-authored an SSRN article entitled Can Authoritarian Propaganda Compete with the Opposition on Social Media? Experimental Evidence from Russia. The article – co-authored with Nikita Zakharov and Koen Schoors – can be accessed here

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