This article renews questions surrounding Russian or Slavic media theory: namely, what, in Russian, are media and what work do they do in Russia? Why does there not exist, despite ample intellectual lumber over the centuries, an obvious self-described school of media theoretic thought in Russian? Given a brief bibliographic outline of relevant literature on the subject, what can be said to be at stake in Russian or Slavic media theory, in the obstacles that its articulation faces, and in the pre-dispositional grounds of possibility for a Russian—or somehow Slavic—media theoretic tradition?

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