TikTok political participation supporting Alexey Navalny during the Covid-19 pandemic in Russia

Sergei Glotov

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 and ensuing lockdown increased the popularity of TikTok among Russian people, who in January 2021 transformed it into a space for political expression, following the arrest of opposition politician Alexey Navalny. This chapter explores the state of participatory politics on Russian TikTok from the arrest and the subsequent nationwide demonstrations in Navalny’s support. The research data includes 200 most popular TikTok videos with #navalnylive and #23january that were largely used by Navalny’s supporters. The videos’ content was analyzed and assigned to one of the five core practices of participatory politics (investigation, dialogue and feedback, circulation, production, and distribution). The results revealed that despite being engaging in all five practices, the majority of people participated in the circulation of information, thus supporting Navalny without voicing their opinions directly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Media Education Futures Post-Pandemic
EditorsYonty Friesem, Usha Raman, Igor Kanižaj, Grace Y. Choi
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003283737
ISBN (Print)9781032225036
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2022
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Media Literacy and Education

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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