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«На службе общества и... автократов: Как свободные медиа помогают авторитарным режимам выживать» [Serving the Public and... Autocrats: How Free Media Promote the Survival of Authoritarian Regimes—lecture in Russian]
The current paradigm of political science suggests that authoritarian regimes suppress freedoms of speech and press as significant threats to autocratic survival. However, evidence now suggests that autocratic
governments can exploit such ostensibly democratic institutions in new and surprising ways. Among the most salient examples are Russia and China where media outlets (even the freest ones) figure in the autocratic toolbox, a phenomenon that lends credence to the idea of self-development of non-democratic regimes.

Valerii Nechai is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Applied Political Science at the Higher School of
Economics in Moscow. His research addresses the interaction of media and politics.
Russian Studies Workshop
Russian and East European Institute