“New Rasputin” Alexander Dugin has a vision of the Russian Empire from Vladivostok to Dublin

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With a flowing gray beard and long hair, Alexander Dugin looks like a Slavic nationalist.

It is an image that the 60-year-old philosopher is proud of – and from which he lives.

Sometimes referred to as “Putin’s brains,” Dugin is credited with warping the Kremlin philosophy of what he saw as the toxic Western liberalism that Boris Yeltsin promoted during his eight-and-a-half-year reign as Russian president in the 1990s .

Instead, he espoused a Slavic, warrior-centric expansionist ideology fueled by constant warfare with Europe and liberal allies, including Ukraine.

Ultimately, Dugin wants Russia to rule a Eurasian superstate stretching from Vladivostok on the edge of the Pacific Ocean to Dublin.

In his 2009 book Fourth Political TheoryDugin described globalization as “Anglo-Saxon ethnocentrism” and the “purest manifestation of racist ideology”.

His philosophical journey has taken him from dabbling in Satanism and fascist ideology in his 20s to becoming Putin’s unofficial adviser.

He supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and lost his job at Moscow State University for urging Russia to “kill, kill, kill” Ukraine’s leaders and said Putin was soft in 2008 because he Tbilisi in Georgia had not been conquered.

In 2021, Putin published a manuscript on why he thinks Ukrainians should submit to the Kremlin, an essay that was criticized by the West as racial ethno-trash.

It may have been written by Dugin, who promoted the rebuilding of Novorussia – the term for Russia’s 18th-century expansion under Empress Catherine the Great towards the Black Sea.

Dugin’s influence on Putin began in 1997 when he published Foundations of Geopolitics. It focused on how Russia could become great again by reclaiming its old lands.

Commentators said his influence may have been exaggerated and that as a Russian Orthodox TV channel editor and public speaker with a flair for self-promotion, he was perhaps only the best known of a group of hardline Russian nationalist thinkers.

When Putin finally ordered an invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, on February 24, Dugin said: “I believe that everything will end with the unification of all three branches of the Eastern Slavs: Novorossians, Belarusians and Great Russians in a single union, in one body.” (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]

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