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Photo: “Euromaidan 2014 in Kyiv. The New Year’s morning“, by Ввласенко licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0. Hue modified from the original

Liu, Zixiu. “News framing of the Euromaidan protests in the hybrid regime and the liberal democracy: Comparison of Russian and UK news media.” Media, War & Conflict (2020): 1750635220953445.


This study examines and compares news framing of the protests in Ukraine from 30 November 2013 to 26 February 2014, encompassing three news sectors in the hybrid regime setting of Russia and the liberal democracy of the UK. Following Godefroidt et al.’s (2016) approach in their article in International Communication Gazette 78(8), the findings suggest that, while the Russian media used economic consequences and morality frames in the reporting of the protests reflecting the country’s political rhetoric on Ukraine, the British media preferred a human-interest frame and delivered a primarily one-sided coverage. The confrontational interpretations of the crisis by the Russian and UK media revealed an illiberal trend in both the hybrid regime and the liberal democracy.

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.