Oleg Antonov and Olena Podolian

Oleg Antonov
Visiting researcher at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University. He holds a PhD in political science.
Olena Podolian
Holds a PhD in Political Science and is a Postdoctoral Researcher at CBEES, Södertörn University. Her research interests are: Post- Soviet regime change, state identity, war, Ukraine.

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Articles by Oleg Antonov and Olena Podolian

  1. Soft Power. Coopting post-Soviet youth: Russia, China, and transnational authoritarianism

    This Special Issue include eight articles that endeavor to analyze more deeply different aspects of the influence of transnational “soft power” aimed at coopting youth in authoritarian and hybrid regimes through radical and nationalist youth organizations, patriotic education, and youth wings of ruling parties. By means of such activities, governments try to distract the youth from countercultural movements and opposition politics as well as to educate an obedient and loyal generation. The purpose is to “vaccinate” such generations with illiberal or authoritarian values in order to eliminate potential threats to regimes’ stability.

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