Post-graduate student of Sociology, Novosibirsk State Technical University (NSTU)
Alexander Herzen Junior Visiting Fellow
(September 2014 – February 2015)
Social Networks as a Tool of Developing Civil Society and Democracy in Russia
Due to censorship, the fictitious nature of many official institutions and the authoritarian political system, social networks become the actual center of democracy. It is the medium where volunteer groups coordinate their actions and members of political groups engage in discussions. It is the virtual platform where institutions of local democracy are born (as opposed to fictitious governmental ones).