Putin and Eurasianism

At A Living Text, Joel posted twice about Alexander Dugin, the Russian nationalist thinker who appears to have some influence on Vladimir Putin’s thinking. Dugin’s idea pits traditional Russian civilization guided by a strong state against the decadent West. The posts are here and here.

In the Foreign Affairs article linked to in the first post, Anton Barbashin and Hannah Thoburn write that “Eurasianists considered Peter the Great — who tried to Europeanize Russia in the eighteenth century — an enemy and a traitor.” This reminded me of a Peter Leithart post that I linked to back in 2010 about Slavophile Ivan Kireevsky and his pride in the difference between Russia and the West.

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