Post-Soviet Migrants and Transnational Public Spheres on Social Media

Project coordination: Dr. Tatiana Golova

The project looks at media usage among Russian-speaking migrants in an every-day context, based on an analysis of communication on the Russian social networking site VK.com. Tatiana Golova is studying how open groups and public pages associated with Russian-speaking migrants in Germany interact with other collective resources in Germany, Russia and the rest of the post-Soviet space. In light of the 2017 Bundestag elections in particular and the attempted mobilisation of ethnic Germans from Russia by the populist far right, the question guiding the project is to what extent transnational and politicised communication networks between Germany and Russia are developing and gaining in relevance through the engagement of post-Soviet migrants living in Germany.