How Russian Media Targeting International Audiences Spread Conspiracy Theories

Cooperation project: forum journalismus und medien and CDI.

Conspiracy theories are not mere myths. Backed by state institutions, they become potent instruments of political or even geopolitical struggle. This is the case in Vladimir Putin’s Russia: state-controlled media targeting the international audiences, like RT (former Russia Today), have promoted conspiracy theories aimed at discrediting and undermining liberal democratic societies. What is the place of the anti-Western conspiracy theories in contemporary Russia? Do these theories reflect the official political line? Which challenges do conspiracy theories pose to the international media?


Dr. Ilya Yablokov, Lecturer in Russian media and politics, University of Leeds, UK.

Dr. Precious Chatterje-Doody, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, Open University, UK.

Concept and moderation

Dr. Anton Shekhovtsov, external Lecturer, University of Vienna, Austria. Founder of the Centre for Democratic Integrity.



The Geopolitical Impact of Nord Stream 2.0 on European Energy Security

On 26 February 2020, the Centre for Democratic Integrity (CDI), Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), and the Vienna School of International Studies held a panel discussion on the the geopolitical impact of the Nord Stream 2 project.

The panel, which included Professor Johannes Pollak (Webster University, Austria), Dr. Andreas Umland (Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Ukraine), Ana Otilia Nuțu (Expert Forum, Romania) and Dr. Anton Shekhovtsov (CDI, Austria) and was moderated  by Dr. Werner Fasslabend (AIES), discussed different perspectives of Nord Stream 2.0 and highlighted positive and negative aspects of the project. Several essential questions were raised about the intentions and goals of the construction of the pipeline, its impact on the economies of several states affected by the project as well as its contribution to energy security.