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Revealing SchemesThe Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region$
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Scott Radnitz

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197573532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197573532.001.0001

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Shadowy Deeds in Russia’s Shadow

Shadowy Deeds in Russia’s Shadow

Conspiracy Claims in Four Countries

(p.110) 6 Shadowy Deeds in Russia’s Shadow
Revealing Schemes

Scott Radnitz

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Ukraine, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Belarus to illustrate how political competition and geopolitical ties affected the frequency and content of conspiracy claims. It uses quantitative data to show broad trends, and case studies of individual countries to illustrate the mechanisms at work. The analysis highlights how conspiracy claims emerge from the real preoccupations of politicians and commonly held beliefs about geopolitics. Unlike Russia, in none of these cases was conspiracy invoked consistently for offensive purposes. Instead conspiracy claims came about reactively and intermittently, though at moments of high intrigue or anxiety they could appear all-consuming.

Keywords:   conspiracy theory, post-Soviet, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, color revolutions, geopolitics, competitive authoritarianism, hybrid regimes

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