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Veyshnoria: A Fake Country in the Midst of Real Information Warfare
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Univ Tartu, Dept Estonian & Comparat Folklore, Tartu, Estonia.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2018 (English)In: Journal of American Folklore, ISSN 0021-8715, E-ISSN 1535-1882, Vol. 131, no 522, p. 435-443Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As a humorous response to the threat of the Russian occupation of Belarus during the joint military exercise of September 2017, civic activists created the fictional Republic of Veyshnoria. This meme soon obtained all the attributes of a micro-nation, including numerous virtual citizens, serving to critique the autocratic government of Belarus and creating a platform for alternative nation-building. Via humor and fake news, fictional Veyshnoria is becoming increasingly instrumental in the realm of information and ideological warfare.

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AMER FOLKLORE SOC , 2018. Vol. 131, no 522, p. 435-443
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AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus: Humor, jokes, political participation, parody
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-369518ISI: 000449109100009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-369518DiVA, id: diva2:1272610
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Swedish InstituteAvailable from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2018-12-19Bibliographically approved

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