Yevgeniy Golovchenko defends his PhD thesis

Yevgeniy GolovchenkoCandidate

Yevgeniy Golovchenko


"Pro-Kremlin Disinformation on Social Media"

The thesis is available as an e-book via Academic books.

Time and venue

Friday 9 October, 2020 at 14:00 at the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Health and Society, Department of Political Science, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK-1353 Copenhagen K., room 4.2.26. Kindly note that the defence will start precisely at 14:00.

Due to corona restrictions only thirty people are allowed to participate in the defence in person. For this reason you must have an official invitation for the defence (please contact the PhD administration by mail: if you have any questions). However the defence will be streamed online on Zoom, and is therefor open to the public. Further information as well as link to Zoom will follow.

Assessment committee

  • Professor with special responsibilities Anders Wivel, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen (chair)
  • Associate Professor Molly E. Roberts, University of California, USA
  • Professor Sarah Oates, University of Maryland, USA


Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 was followed by a growing public interest in Kremlin’s use of online disinformation abroad. Scholars, authorities and journalists often portray Russia as a powerful agent of state-driven deception, capable of using social media to sway elections and even winning an information war against the West. The purpose of this article-based dissertation is to nuance these views by examining the nature and scope of pro-Kremlin disinformation and counter-disinformation on social media. Through its empirical findings, the dissertation contributes to a debate that is largely driven by theoretical perspectives and journalistic accounts. For this purpose, the dissertation uses methods from computational social science to analyze cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation and counter disinformation. Each dissertation article tied to a historically significant event - from 2014 to 2017 - during the deteriorating relationship between Russia and the West.