Jardar Østbø studied Russian, Russian and East European Area Studies, History of Ideas and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian at the University of Oslo. In addition, he studied Albanian in the Norwegian Army. Østbø obtained his PhD in Russian Area Studies from the University of Bergen, Norway. He has taught Albanian language in the Norwegian Army and served as an interpreter in the Norwegian contingent of the KFOR in the former Yugoslavia. He also translated Albanian and Russian literature, before his employment as a political analyst in the Norwegian Army. Currently he is a postdoctoral research fellow at the NEPORUS project (New Political Groups and the Russian State) at the University of Oslo, where his research focuses on the role of social media in the Russian protest movement.
This article focuses on mobilisation via Twitter ahead of the ‘Peace March’ on 21 September 2014, a national mass demonstration against the Russian regime’s policy towards Ukraine. Through a qualitative … Read More