Protests Russia 2011 / 2012: YouTube Videos

Version 1.0, published: May 7, 2021

Open Access

Anastasia Stoll

Main category: Protests
Additional categories: Miscellaneous
Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen (2021): Protests Russia 2011 / 2012: YouTube Videos, v. 1.0, Discuss Data, <doi:10.48320/8B0AA8CC-FEA0-4A8A-8D17-C2009A99BC7A>.


The collection “Protests Russia 2011 / 2012” contains 2.578 videos (mp4) on protests in mainly late 2011 and throughout 2012 (all over Russia) triggered by election fraud as well as Putin's announcement to run for Presidency again. We have downloaded all data in July to September 2015 and February to March 2017 and made screenshots (pdf) of websites so that the discussion and comments on the single video posts can be followed. All data is processed in an MS Excel database with metadata.
We collect all videos that are 1) event related AND show actions of this event, 2) downloadable, 3) we can find with our search words during a particular period. We strictly aim at a systematic and objective selection and organized storage of protest-related videos. We identify particular event-related search words after intense research on the event. According to the snowball principle, we then start the collection of videos with the help of these search words and try to download as much relevant content as possible. However, we cannot guarantee the completeness of protest videos on the particular event. We search the videos and include them into the collection until a particular degree of saturation has been reached. Due to copyright restrictions, we are only allowed to give access to the database of the collected video files including the hyperlinks with its metadata and not to the videos themselves.
The videos have been posted mainly by the participants of the events. Therefore, the material is only an extract and biased by the perspective of the single creator.
The collection is part of a larger and ongoing collection of videos on protest events in the post-Soviet region.


Russia Protests 2011 2012 March Of Millions For Fair Elections

Language of data

English Russian


Comparative Politics Political Science

Methods of data collection

Keyword Search Snow Ball Search Systematic Collection Of Videos

Methods of data analysis

Raw Data Raw Data For Analysis