Larger than life - How the Kremlin’s master manipulator and military superpower image is created in Central-Eastern Europe?


A joint conference of National Endowment for Democracy, CEA Hungary and Political Capital


Through innovative research methods, Political Capital and its research partners (Dominika Hajdu, Katarina Klingova, Daniel Milo, Jonas Syrovatka) analysed social media data to gain a deeper understanding of how Russia is perceived among citizens of Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. We identified prevailing narratives, target groups and their main psychological drivers behind Russia’s image in these countries. Our analysis reveals institutional and content-related roots of resistance against, and support towards Russian influence and soft power in the CEE. 


Location:         Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel (14, Kecskeméti utca, H-1053, Budapest)

Schedule:        10 April 2019. 14:00-17:45

Language:       English


Conference programme

14:00 – 14:30  Registration


14:30 – 14:45 Opening remarks – András Rácz, security policy analyst, Political Capital


14:45 – 16:00  Perceptions and drivers of Russia’s image based on the social listening research in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary
Lóránt Győri
(HU) – geopolitical analyst, Political Capital

Daniel Milo (SK) – senior research fellow at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute

Jonas Syrovatka (CZ) – program manager, Prague Security Studies Institute

            Moderator: András Rácz  – security policy analyst, Political Capital


16:00 – 16:15  Coffee break


16:15 – 17:45  Russia’s soft power and disinformation campaigns, vulnerabilities in the CEE region

Gustav Gressel (DE) – senior policy fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Magdalena Jakubowska (PL) – president of the Res Publica foundation

Martin Malek (AT) – political scientist, National Defence Academy, Vienna

Marina Vorotnyuk (UA) – researcher, Center for European Neighborhood Studies, Central European University

            Moderator: Lóránt Győri – geopolitical analyst, Political Capital


Please, register your participation at the following link by 8th April:

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