Ilya Yablokov is a specialist in Media and Communication Studies and the history of Russian media. Ilya Yablokov received his PhD in Russian Studies from the University of Manchester (UK). His research interests include conspiracy theories, nation-building and politics in post-Soviet Russia and history of post-Soviet journalism. He is a principal investigator of the British Academy-funded project ‘Self-Censorship in post-Socialist states’ (with Elisabeth Schimpfossl of Aston University). In 2015 he received the prize of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies for the best peer-reviewed article. Ilya Yablokov’s book Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World (Polity, 2018) studies the use of conspiracy theories by political, intellectual and media elites in Russia.