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The present topic pictures the assessment of the visibility of Arab world personalities and
businesses as seen in the Russian news between January 2004 and April 2013.
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Our objective was to put together a variety of expertise and work as a single team on a particularly
complex issue in order to experiment several innovative information techniques.
Both Russia and the Arab world are often scrutinized through a European or American prism, yet
both areas are seldom observed from the viewpoint of their relations, whose historical and
geographical relevance is paramount. These ties, however important, are not our only motive of
The current turmoil a!ecting many Arab countries and the essential diplomatic part Russia is playing
should not be neglected – in this, the Syrian crisis is certainly the most blatant example. Therefore,
access to the Russian-speaking media is probably the shortest way to get a genuine and thorough
assessment of the Russian perception and priorities.