A conversation with Stephen Hutchings: Understanding Russian propaganda narratives


On 17 March 2024 Russian Federation holds presidential elections and understanding official propaganda’s narrative is essential. While propaganda accompanies all wars, the current narrative differs from the older ones.

Prof. Hutchings has been studying Russian media several decades and he lived in the Soviet Union during the Cold war. He observes a major shift in how the West is portrayed.

The focus lies on understanding narratives and propaganda techniques designed for the Russian audience.


Stephen Hutchings is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester and Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences.

He has published eight monographs and six edited volumes on various aspects of Russian cultural, media and propaganda studies, as well as many articles in journals ranging from Television and New MediaJournalism, and European Journal of Cultural Studies, to Slavic Review.

He has frequently advised government departments, media monitoring organizations and journalists on aspects of Russian state communications strategy. He was President of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies from 2010-2013

He is currently leading a major new nationally funded project on disinformation as a translingual dynamic.

Concept and Moderation
Daniela Kraus, Presseclub Concordia and Mirjana Tomić, fjum/Presseclub Concordia