Maxim Alyukov
Maxim Alyukov is a research fellow at King's Russia Institute (King's College London, United Kingdom) and a researcher with Public Sociology Laboratory. His research focuses on media, political communication, and political cognition in autocracies with a particular focus on Russia. He relies on qualitative and quantitative methods to explore how citizens make sense of the political world in authoritarian environments and in new hybrid media systems.
Maxim holds a PhD in social sciences from the University of Helsinki and an MA in sociology from the European University at Saint-Petersburg. In the dissertation, he applied the conceptual apparatuses of cognitive and political psychology to understand media news reception under Russia's authoritarian regime. Maxim's research has been published in a variety of disciplinary and area studies journals, including Political Communication, Nature Human Behaviour, Politics, Qualitative Psychology, and Europe-Asia Studies. He also contributes to the public discussion by writing for non-academic media, such as The Moscow Times and Open Democracy, and making appearances on TV and radio, including BBC, Al Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, CBC. His commentary and research have featured in outlets including Al Jazeera, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Time Magazine, The Times, The Economist, Newsweek, France 24, The Moscow Times, Open Democracy, Coda Story, and many others.
Selected Publications

Alyukov, M. (2023). Harnessing distrust: News, credibility heuristics, and war in an authoritarian regime. Political Communication 40(5), 527-554.

Alyukov, M. (2022). Propaganda, authoritarianism and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Nature Human Behaviour 6, 763-765.

Alyukov, M. (2022). Making sense of the news in an authoritarian regime: Russian television viewers' reception of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Europe-Asia Studies, 74(3), 337-359.

Alyukov, M., & Erpyleva, S. (2022). Collective cognitive tasks as a method for studying political reasoning. Qualitative Psychology, 9(1), 27-44.

Alyukov, M. (2022). Online patriots and traitors: The war, authoritarianism, and state-sponsored digital vigilantism in Russia. Mediapolis: A Journal of Cities and Culture, 7(2).

Alyukov, M. (2021). News reception and authoritarian control in a hybrid media system: Russian TV viewers and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Politics. Epub ahead of print 24 August.

Alyukov, M. (2019). Von Moskaus gnaden: Genese und geist der „Volksrepublik Donezk." Osteuropa, 3-4, 123-131.


Alyukov, M. (November 29, 2022). How (not) to interpret Russian political talk shows.
Moscow Times.

Alyukov, M. (October 29, 2022). Propaganda, political apathy, and authoritarianism in Russia. NYU Jordan Center Blog.

Alyukov, M., Kunilovskaya, & Semenov, A. (November 7, 2022). Putin fans or Kremlin bots? War and mobilisation across Russian social media platforms. Re:Russia.

Alyukov, M., Kunilovskaya, M., & Semenov, A. (October 18, 2022). Mobilising for war: State-controlled networks and war propaganda on Russian social media. Russia Post.

Alyukov, M. (March 9, 2022). In Russia, polls are a political weapon. Open Democracy.

Alyukov, M. (February 25, 2022). How to sell a war to those who do not want it? King's College London.

Alyukov, M. (September 7, 2018). Conspiracy theory has gone mainstream in Russia. But how does it work? Open Democracy.

Alyukov, M. (May 8, 2017). How does Russian TV propaganda really work? Open Democracy.


Alyukov, M., Kunilovskaya, M., Semenov, A. (2023). Getting Messages Across: War Propaganda in Russian Press and Social Media (July - September 2022). The Final Monitoring Report. Russian Election Monitor.

Alyukov, M., Kunilovskaya, M., & Semenov, A. (2022). Propaganda Setbacks and Appropriation of Anti-war language: "Special Military Operation" in Russian Mass Media and Social Networks (February-July 2022). Monitoring Report.


Alyukov, M. (2021). Making sense of the news under an electoral authoritarian regime: Russian TV viewers and the Russia-Ukraine conflict [Doctoral Dissertation]. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press.

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