Danske billeder af Rusland i 2010'erne

  • Flemming Splidsboel Hansen Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier (DIIS)

Abstract

Danish images of Russia in the 2010s
This article surveys how the editorial columns of five leading Danish newspapers treat Russia in the 2010s, building on an earlier study which focused on the first decade of the 2000s (Hansen 2010). The present study finds that the overall negative trajectory associated with Russia has continued, even grown more pronounced. In response, a minority position has developed on the fringes of political life in Denmark, holding that Russia is being demonized and that media coverage is too negative and essentially one-sided. The Danish newspapers surveyed focus on what is seen as an increasingly aggressive Russia violating borders and other established norms, and threatening its neighbours. The editorials reflect the gradual paradigm shift in views of Russia. They now speak openly of the need for Denmark to protect itself and its allies militarily against possible Russian aggression and to prevent Russia from wielding more power through its energy supplies to Europe, including supplies that traverse Danish territorial waters. Other topics in focus include Russia’s invasion and subsequent annexation of Crimea, its involvement in the war in Eastern Ukraine as well as its military campaign in Syria.

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Author Biography

Flemming Splidsboel Hansen, Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier (DIIS)

Seniorforsker

Published
2018-12-03
Section
Fagfellevurdert
How to Cite
HANSEN, Flemming Splidsboel. Danske billeder af Rusland i 2010'erne. Nordisk Østforum, [S.l.], v. 32, p. 153-173, dec. 2018. ISSN 1891-1773. Available at: <https://tidsskriftet-nof.no/index.php/noros/article/view/1349>. Date accessed: 11 dec. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.23865/noros.v32.1349.
Keywords
editorials, Denmark, Russia, authoritarianism, Ukraine, Syria, human rights