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Russia and the Kosovar declaration of independence : a study of Russian newspaper articles concerning Kosovo

Lerup, Madeleine LU (2013) EUHA20 20131
European Studies
Abstract
This essay investigates the Russian position towards Kosovo’s declaration of independence. Russia chose not to recognize Kosovo and I try to examine why by reading articles in three Russian newspapers. I examine the articles by using three different theoretical approaches, inspired by previous research and scientific literature in this field. These approaches consist of the ideas that the Russian hesitation is due to close historical bonds to Serbia, or a Russian fear of separatism, or geopolitical conflicts between Russia and the West.
Using these approaches, I read through my selection of articles and discovered that the Russian hesitation towards Kosovo’s independence can be explained by all of these approaches and that the three... (More)
This essay investigates the Russian position towards Kosovo’s declaration of independence. Russia chose not to recognize Kosovo and I try to examine why by reading articles in three Russian newspapers. I examine the articles by using three different theoretical approaches, inspired by previous research and scientific literature in this field. These approaches consist of the ideas that the Russian hesitation is due to close historical bonds to Serbia, or a Russian fear of separatism, or geopolitical conflicts between Russia and the West.
Using these approaches, I read through my selection of articles and discovered that the Russian hesitation towards Kosovo’s independence can be explained by all of these approaches and that the three different newspapers, albeit for different reasons, all maintain a negative stance towards the Kosovar independence. I also discovered that the method used in the newspaper articles to increase support for Serbia and against Kosovo, is to bestow upon the Albanians the role of the scapegoat and present Serbs as victims. (Less)
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author
Lerup, Madeleine LU
supervisor
organization
course
EUHA20 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Russian media, Serbia, Russia, Kosovo, content analysis, Ryssland, Serbien
language
English
id
4025288
date added to LUP
2013-09-17 10:25:02
date last changed
2015-12-14 13:23:21
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  abstract     = {This essay investigates the Russian position towards Kosovo’s declaration of independence. Russia chose not to recognize Kosovo and I try to examine why by reading articles in three Russian newspapers. I examine the articles by using three different theoretical approaches, inspired by previous research and scientific literature in this field. These approaches consist of the ideas that the Russian hesitation is due to close historical bonds to Serbia, or a Russian fear of separatism, or geopolitical conflicts between Russia and the West.
Using these approaches, I read through my selection of articles and discovered that the Russian hesitation towards Kosovo’s independence can be explained by all of these approaches and that the three different newspapers, albeit for different reasons, all maintain a negative stance towards the Kosovar independence. I also discovered that the method used in the newspaper articles to increase support for Serbia and against Kosovo, is to bestow upon the Albanians the role of the scapegoat and present Serbs as victims.},
  author       = {Lerup, Madeleine},
  keyword      = {Russian media,Serbia,Russia,Kosovo,content analysis,Ryssland,Serbien},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Russia and the Kosovar declaration of independence : a study of Russian newspaper articles concerning Kosovo},
  year         = {2013},
}