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Stanislav Budnitsky

Former James H. Billington Fellow
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Stanislav Budnitsky, PhD, is a scholar of global and Russian media politics. His current book project examines the struggle between Russia and the West over governing arrangements of global telecommunication in the post-Cold War era.

Before joining the Wilson Center, Budnitsky held postdoctoral fellowships with the University of Duisburg-Essen, Indiana University in Bloomington, and the University of Pennsylvania. Budnitsky’s academic writings have appeared in the International Journal of Communication, Internet Policy Review, European Journal of Cultural Studies, and an edited collection, The Net and the Nation-State, from Cambridge University Press. His recent commentary on Russian media and internet developments are featured in The Conversation, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, and Poland’s Rzeczpospolita.


Budnitsky received his PhD in Communication from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He holds Master’s degrees in Nationalism Studies from Budapest’s Central European University and in Journalism from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Before graduate studies, Budnitsky was a Moscow-based media writer and producer.