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Anna Litvinenko, Ph.D.

Former Research Fellow

Anna Litvinenko, PhD, is a research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute with the research group “Digitalisation and the Transnational Public Sphere”. From 2015 to 2020 she was a researcher in the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism: The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet Region” at the Free University of Berlin.

After receiving her Ph.D. in 2007, she worked as an associate professor at the Department of International Journalism of Saint Petersburg State University (SPSU), Russia. Starting from 2010, she was head of the German-Russian Centre of Journalism at SPSU. In 2012-2015, she was in charge of the Office for International Academic and Scientific Exchange of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, SPbU. Her research focuses on political communication in (semi-)authoritarian regimes, and on the role of social media in various socio-political contexts.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Fellow

Forschungsgruppe „Digitalisierung und transnationale Öffentlichkeit

February - April 2020



Litvinenko, A., & Zavadski, A. (forthcoming). Memories on demand: Narratives about 1917 in Russia’s online authoritarian publics. Europe-Asia Studies. The Authors’ Accepted Manuscript of the article is available here.

Litvinenko, A., & Toepfl, F. (2019). The “Gardening” of an Authoritarian Public at Large: How Russia’s Ruling Elites Transformed the Country’s Media Landscape After the 2011/12 Protests “For Fair Elections”, Publizistik (published online first), free depository version.

Bodrunova, S. S., Litvinenko, A. A., & Blekanov, I. S. (2018). Please Follow Us []. Media roles in Twitter discussions in the United States, Germany, France, and Russia. Journalism Practice, 12(2), 177–203.

Toepfl, F., & Litvinenko, A. (2018). Transferring control from the backend to the frontend: A comparison of the discourse architectures of comment sections on news websites across the post-Soviet world. New Media & Society, 20(8), 2844-2861.

Bodrunova, S. S., Litvinenko, A. A., & Blekanov, I. S. (2017). Comparing Influencers: Activity vs. Connectivity Measures in Defining Key Actors in Twitter Ad Hoc Discussions on Migrants in Germany and Russia. In G. L. Ciampaglia, A. Mashhadi, & T. Yasseri (Eds.), Social Informatics: 9th International Conference, SocInfo 2017, Oxford, UK, September 13-15, 2017, Proceedings (Vol. 10539, pp. 360–376). Springer.


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