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Studies in East European Thought

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 215–236 | Cite as

Dugin Eurasianism: a window on the minds of the Russian elite or an intellectual ploy?

  • Dmitry ShlapentokhEmail author
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Abstract

This paper considers the views of Alexander Dugin, a leading proponent of Eurasianism in contemporary Russia. The point of his teaching is the preservation of the traditional social/cultural make-up of each civilization. He also believes that the Russian Slavs together with the minorities of the Russian Federation constitute a quasi-unity of Eurasian civilization. He emphasizes that globalism, led by the USA, is a mortal threat to the cultural identity of Russia/Eurasia and all other civilizations. For this reason the USA and Russia are locked in mortal conflict with one other. At the outset of his intellectual career, in post-Soviet Russia, Dugin believed that Putin would follow the Eurasian road. It would be wrong to see Dugin as an intellectual guru at the head of the post-Soviet elite. Still, his views are important, for they indicate the kinds of ideas that circulate in the minds of the Russian elite.

Keywords

Dugin Eurasianism Geopolitics Russia Foreign policy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryIndiana UniversitySouth BendUSA

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