Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

What some will do, others will see: production and perceptions of Russian TV documentaries in 2012-2018.

Fri31  Mar03:15pm(15 mins)
McIntyre Room 208


Anastasia Kriachko Roeren1
1 University of Oslo, Norway


Numerous TV documentaries were produced and aired on the Russian state TV channels during 2012-2018. This paper is focusing on the production and societal perceptions of these films. The range of topics covered by these films is vast: about space, new weapons, the relics of saints brought to Russia,  criticising the international politics, and praising the Russian President and patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

I argue that despite of these films’ diversity of authorship style, and genres, the audience perceives them indiscriminately as a whole. The audience consumes documentaries on the grounds they are demonstrated by the state TV without questioning their validity and plausibility. Watching state TV channels is a part of the daily routine of the majority of the Russian population.

This banality is the  essence of mass media in Russia in 2012-2018. Production of the TV documentaries. The efficiency of the state propaganda in the case of the TV documentaries is not in its resourcefulness and professionalism, but in its banality.