Eurasianism, Dugin and Ukraine (Part 1)

Fri, Mar 6, 2015 - 11:19pm

“Putin is trying to reassemble the Soviet Union.” “Putin is out of control.” “Putin is Hitler.” “Putin is Satan.” These are just some of the things that I’ve heard people say in the last year or so. But everyone that I’ve heard this from has no idea WHY they think these things. Maybe they think it’s because he was the head of the KGB. (He wasn’t the head of the KGB—only a lieutenant colonel—and yes, I actually overheard someone at a local restaurant say this one day.) But more than likely, people are just repeating what the talking box in the living room told them. What most don’t know is that there is a very valid reason why these claims may, in fact, be true (well, except for the Satan part).

The reason lies in the political ideology known as “Eurasianism.” Eurasianism shouldn’t be confused with the Eurasian Economic Union—although the latter is certainly an extension of the former. And it’s not just the Russian Eurasia political party either. Rather, Eurasianism is a larger ideology of a pan-Slavic “Greater Russia” that seeks a reborn, Russian empire that unites the Eurasian continent “from Dublin to Vladivostok.” Eurasianism has been around since the 20’s, but for reasons you’ll see below, a working familiarity with today’s Neo-Eurasianism (and its chief ideologue) is critical to making more sense out of what is going on in the Ukraine. And as such, it becomes our first-stop down the Ukrainian conflict rabbit hole.

So what is Eurasianism today? In its simplest sense, it is Russian ultra-nationalism. But looking deeper into the movement and its thought leaders, Eurasiansim is much more sinister than that woefully simplified definition. But before we go any further, allow me to introduce the chief architect of today’s Eurasianism. Fellow Turdites, please meet Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin.

Born in 1962, Aleksandr Dugin is a writer and post-Soviet political thinker whose writings frequently appeared in the weekly journal ‘Den’ (translated: The Day). He first gained notoriety in 1992, with his pamphlet “The Great War of Continents” in which ascribes world history to a great metaphysical conflict between to “Orders”—the Order of Atlantic and the Order of Eurasia. Dugin was one of the primary organizers of the post-Soviet, National Bolshevik political party in 1994, and after a failed attempt to enter Russian politics on the National Bolshevik ticket in 1995, Dugin returned to his journalistic roots and re-focused his efforts to influence Russian politics through his books and writings.

Photo: Flag of the National Bolshevik Party

In 1997, Dugin left the since-banned National Bolshevik Party and with the assistance of the Russian General Staff Academy, published Foundations of Geopolitics which called for the annexation of Ukraine because "Ukraine as an independent state with certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics.” It is said that Foundations has been a textbook of Russian military officers for the last 17 years.

Photo: Foundations of Geopolitics

In 1998, Dugin became a geopolitical advisor to the chairman (“speaker”) of the Russian State Duma, Gennadii Seleznev. In 2005, Dugin founded the Eurasian Youth Union whose website states “Our Union is an absolute enemy. This U.S.. This is the beginning and end of our hatred.”

Photo: Flag of Dugin’s Eurasian Youth Union

In 2009, Dugin published his Fourth Political Theory which combines elements of liberal democracy, communism, and fascism. This book was published in English in 2012.

Photo: Fourth Political Theory

(By the way, are you seeing a pattern with the 8-pointed star? That’s called the “Star of Chaos”. Some consider think it is a variant of the “Star of Ishtar”. According to JY896, the 8-pointed star was also one of the symbols adopted by the fascist regime in Nazi-occupied Hungary towards the end of WWII.)

From 2008-2014, Dugin was the Head of the Department of Sociology of International Relations of Moscow State University. It is also said that the economic advisor to Russian President Putin, Sergei Glazyev, is an associate of Dugin’s. Astute Turdites will remember Glazyev as the Russian economist suggesting Russia could dump US Treasury holdings and conduct trade in other currencies.

Photo: Sergei Glazyev

In October, 2014, Dugin said: "Only after restoring the Greater Russia that is the Eurasian Union, we can become a credible global player. Now these processes slowed down very much. The Ukrainian maidan was the response of the West to the advance of the Russian integration."

Dugin has been described as “Putin’s Brain” and “Putin’s Rasputin.” Heck, he even kinda looks like Rasputin.

And the comparisons with Rasputin don’t stop with mere outward appearances. Rather, Dugin’s thoughts and ideas are esoteric in nature and are deeply rooted in mystical thought. In Dugin’s “Great War of Continents” (1992), he describes the basis for his political theories as a great metaphysical drama involving occult geopolitical dualism.

Now if your eyes glazed over at that statement, try reading Dugin’s writings yourself. BTW, I’m not going to link directly to it here as the document lives on a Neo-Eurasian site, but you can search for yourself and scroll down to “Part III”. Or you can get the gist from the summary that the authors of Putin’s Brain make:

[In “The War of the Continents,” ] he described an ongoing geopolitical struggle between the two types of global powers: land powers, or “Eternal Rome,” which are based on the principles of statehood, communality, idealism, and the superiority of the common good, and civilizations of the sea, or “Eternal Carthage,” which are based on individualism, trade, and materialism. In Dugin’s understanding, “Eternal Carthage,” was historically embodied by Athenian democracy and the Dutch and British Empires. Now, it is represented by the United States. “Eternal Rome” is embodied by Russia. For Dugin, the conflict between the two will last until one is destroyed completely -- no type of political regime and no amount of trade can stop that. In order for the “good” (Russia) to eventually defeat the “bad” (United States), he wrote, a conservative revolution must take place.

Dugin has said that Russia needs a “genuine, true, radically revolutionary and consistent, fascist fascism.” And that, “Liberalism, is an absolute evil. . . . Only a global crusade against the U.S., the West, globalization, and their political-ideological expression, liberalism, is capable of becoming an adequate response. . . . The American empire should be destroyed.” Additionally, Dugin has also said that the U.S. is the “kingdom of Antichrist.”

I could go on and on, but I think that you get the picture. I’m including some links below to some further reading. But if you don’t read anything else, at least read this one article:

So there you have it—a VERY brief introduction to today’s Eurasianism and its primary idea man.

Now you might be thinking why is this “mad professor” so important to what’s happening in Ukraine? In Part 2 of this article, we’ll answer that question by looking at the ties between Dugin and the earliest revolutionary leaders in the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as the hero-like figure Igor Strelkov (Igor Girkin) of Slavyansk fame. And, if the hot war hasn’t re-started by then, we’ll move on to look at the competing American geo-strategy and how a showdown between the U.S. and Russian in Ukraine was probably inevitable.

*Special thanks to JY896 for helping me on this article


Additional reading:

The following 2 articles are longer, academic articles on Dugin for the ambitious Turdite with plenty of free time. Access requires a free sign-up to “” :

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Mar 8, 2015 - 1:09pm

@James Crighton -- All of his

@James Crighton --

All of his blog posts are located under "The Fog of War" on the top navigation "Blog" menu.

Mar 8, 2015 - 12:57pm

You saw British, I saw Brutish

Perhaps others may read Heroic as Hellenic? ;^)

Or maybe just a Freudian script?

Mar 8, 2015 - 12:45pm

Their Brutish Invaders

I read that as "Their British Invaders" and wondered why the Brits were singled out.

Mar 8, 2015 - 12:25pm
James CrightonSilver Sooner
Mar 8, 2015 - 12:17am

@silver sooner - "blog"

Sorry Silver Sooner, can't find the blog you refer to...... could you possible point me in the right direction?



Mar 7, 2015 - 11:06pm

Thanks, Dave

Glad to have helped.

Mar 7, 2015 - 9:27pm

C & P of Compliment to Turd

Here is a cut and paste of a comment I posted this morning on another gold bug site that I frequent, in which I complimented Turd's skills and acumen in his correct reading(s) of the paper market movements and rigging:

By: Dave Jessop - ‎3‎/‎7‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎30‎:‎17‎ ‎AM

Some TA calls for lower lows, and some TA calls for an uptrend which has yet to successfully hold under the tremendous pressure of mouse clicked electronic bullion that is used to cap rallies.

Pierre Lassonde has obviously struggled with his own TA, as he was on KWN in early November and stated how he bought the HUI on the day it hit 146 (great pick), and that he was looking for the HUI to double sometime between January and March. TA has not been able to forecast the oversupplies of digital bullion conjured and employed to keep the downtrend in place.

"Turd Ferguson" actually saved me some money this week (as I have postponed additional purchases of mining shares) with his methodology of combining chart TA with an analysis of what the manipulators might have in mind, and what their objectives appear to be when they stop rallies and then convince the hedge funds to get bearish and sell rallies, so that they can take the other side at tradeable lows, which is probably where we are at today.

Turd saw the price being painted into a pennant that in a natural market would have broken upward, but he was nervous about what kind of fiction the BLS would spew out yesterday. If the number was "good" then gold would get sold, and if the number was "bad" then the vacuum tubes would buy, and we just didn't know what kind of number the gangsters would print, so I waited, and now securities are cheaper AGAIN.

Going to the coin shop now to pick up two gold eagles and a beautiful platinum eagle, while patiently waiting for things to change as bear markets never last forever. Price controls always fail in the end. QE, ZIRP, and futures markets manipulations are all price controls. Patience is the most valuable commodity right now

Mar 7, 2015 - 7:03pm

@Joseph Warren

No worries, not trying to be convincing and win a legal court case. Just introducing some info. Just wait until we get to Brzezinski's "Grand Chessboard." You might also want to check out the blog I wrote last week to see where things are going overall.

Mar 7, 2015 - 6:57pm


There's definitely a link, just not one I focused on (yet). Understand that Dugin is a geostrategist and that his writings lay out a "Grand Strategy" or "Grand National Strategy" that Russia may or may not be following (I think they are). Grand Strategies involve all elements of national power to realize a nation-state's goals. In political science and military art and science, it is the highest level of planning. So it's only natural to expect that Dugin has a plan for the ME, Iran and Islam. In "Foundations of Geopolitics" Dugin talks about 3 alliances (Moscow-Berlin, Moscow-Tokyo, and Moscow-Tehran). A good article on this aspect of his geostrategy is (I don't know anything about the source website, but the article itself is sound). A phone off key things in this article:

Aleksandr Dugin calls for an alliance with nations opposed to American interests in order to create a multipolar world dominated by anti-Western power blocs, chief of those power blocs being a traditionalist Russian nation.
That article has a very relevant wrote from an interview with Dugin:
“Iran plays a key role in Eurasianism theory which sees the world as a multipolar system. After the Islamic Revolution and given the country’s strategic position, Iran has been included in equations that aim to create an independent atmosphere of Eurasianism. If there were conflicts between Iran and Russia in past centuries and they tried to solve their problems through war, today, they only look for peaceful and strategic alliance as a solution to their problems. I mean, Moscow and Tehran are now solving problems which they previously could not solve even by recourse to military force. Our interests totally overlap from a strategic viewpoint. This trend can only be realized through strategic alliance, not simple convergence. Iran is not included in Eurasian convergence model because only former republics of the Soviet Union are included in it. Iran has its own special civilization and is a powerful and independent country which should be respected. That alliance should be protected. We must not simply think about convergence with Iran. Iran does not fit into convergence model of Eurasianism, but it is a partner for Russia in a multipolar world. Our strategic interests in the Central Asia and, on the whole, in the entire region overlap. Therefore, Iran enjoys a pivotal role in the model of multipolar Eurasianism and, in this model Tehran is the closest ally of Moscow. Of course, the model also envisages partnership with Turkey, China, and India.”
The article also has several links to a very good article written by John Dunlop, but that article is on Dugin's 4th Political Theory (4PT) website. I don't want them seeing a ton of back-links from Turdville, so I don't provide that link here. Ive also seen a couple of articles that claim Putin followed Dugin's ideas to seek peace with Chechnya, but that discussion is for another day.
Joseph Warren
Mar 7, 2015 - 6:48pm

Completely unconvincing . . .

another replay of the 'Russia is going to invade the world' meme.

'Evidence' is the rantings of one nutty Russian professor ?

The U.S. has tons of professors, politicians (including congress critters), and think tank neo-cons touting 'Full Spectrum Dominance'. If you don't know what that means, it is the control of everyone & everything around the world. Let That sink in ! - More relevant than their rantings, is the hundreds of U.S. military bases around the world. More relevant is their statement of overthrowing multiple governments - and then launching multiple wars to accomplish that.

- To further put all this in perspective, the U.S. military and intelligence budget dwarfs that of any other nation including China and Russia.

But you should be afraid . . . Very, very afraid . . . Besides 'the Bible' says Russia is evil.

That is a very old political tactic - because it works. Get people's attention concentrated on an 'external enemy'. Basic Hegelian dialectic.

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