Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2024

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Olena Nikolayenko, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Christopher Toulouse, Ph.D.


This study examines how Russian state-controlled media frames Russia’s assault on Ukraine by analyzing the coverage of the first year of the full-scale invasion on Russia’s most popular political talk show 'Evening with Vladimir Solovyov.' Based on content analysis of eight three-hour episodes of the talk show covering the major events in the conflict between February 2022 and February 2023, the research identifies several main frames in the official discourse on the topic, including (1) Nazism, (2) Genocide, (3) West as an Enemy, (4) Slavic Unity, (5) Liberation of Ukrainian Lands, and (6) Russia as a Victim of Western Sanctions and Russophobia. The analysis contributes to political communication literature by unpacking discursive strategies of regime-friendly talk shows in a hard autocracy. Moreover, the study adds to comparative politics literature by highlighting the role of state-controlled media in perpetuating violence and fueling mass support for the war.