Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin is a Russian political philosopher, analyst, and strategist, known for views widely characterized as fascist.
56 Facts About Aleksandr Dugin
Aleksandr Dugin continued to further develop his ideology of neo-Eurasianism, founding the Eurasia Party in 2002 and writing further books including The Fourth Political Theory.
Aleksandr Dugin served as an advisor to the Chairman of the State Duma Gennadiy Seleznyov and as an advisor to the Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin.
Aleksandr Dugin was the head of the Department of Sociology of International Relations at Moscow State University from 2009 to 2014, losing the position due to backlash over comments regarding clashes in Ukraine.
Aleksandr Dugin briefly served as chief editor of the pro-Kremlin Stalinist Orthodox channel Tsargrad TV when it launched in 2015.
Aleksandr Dugin has no official ties to the Kremlin, but is often referred to in the media as "Putin's brain", though others say his influence is exaggerated.
Aleksandr Dugin was born in Moscow, into the family of a colonel-general in the Soviet military intelligence and candidate of law, Geliy Alexandrovich Aleksandr Dugin, and his wife Galina, a doctor and candidate of medicine.
Aleksandr Dugin's father left the family when he was three, but ensured that they had a good standard of living, and helped Dugin out of trouble with the authorities on occasion.
Aleksandr Dugin was transferred to the customs service due to his son's behaviour in 1983.
Aleksandr Dugin was expelled without a degree either because of low academic achievement, dissident activities or both.
Aleksandr Dugin used a forged reader's card to access the Lenin Library and continue studying.
In 1980, Aleksandr Dugin joined the "Yuzhinsky circle", an avant-garde dissident group which dabbled in Satanism, esoteric Nazism and other forms of the occult.
Aleksandr Dugin adopted an alter ego with the name of "Hans Sievers", a reference to Wolfram Sievers, a Nazi researcher of the paranormal.
Aleksandr Dugin was influenced by Rene Guenon and by the Traditionalist School.
Aleksandr Dugin worked as a journalist before becoming involved in politics just before the fall of communism.
Aleksandr Dugin left the party in 1998 following disputes with Limonov.
Aleksandr Dugin collaborated with the weekly journal Den, previously directed by Alexander Prokhanov.
Aleksandr Dugin disapproves of liberalism and the West, particularly US hegemony.
Aleksandr Dugin asserts: "We are on the side of Stalin and the Soviet Union".
Aleksandr Dugin describes himself as being a conservative: "We, conservatives, want a strong, solid state, want order and healthy family, positive values, the reinforcing of the importance of religion and the Church in society".
In 2019, Aleksandr Dugin engaged in a debate with French intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy on the theme of what has been called "the crisis of capitalism" and the insurrection of nationalist populisms.
Aleksandr Dugin has theorized the foundation of a "Euro-Asian empire" capable of fighting the US-led Western world.
Aleksandr Dugin's views have been characterised as Fascist by some critics.
Aleksandr Dugin spent two years studying the geopolitical, semiotic and esoteric theories of the controversial German thinker Herman Wirth, one of the founders of the German Ahnenerbe.
Aleksandr Dugin promoted Wirth's claim to have written a book on the history of the Jewish People and the Old Testament, the so-called Palestinabuch, which could have changed the world had it not been stolen.
The reborn Russia, according to Aleksandr Dugin's concept, is said by Charles Clover of the Financial Times to be a slightly remade version of the Soviet Union with echoes of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, where Eurasia was one of three continent-sized super states including Eastasia and Oceania as the other two and was participating in endless war between them.
The Kremlin invited Aleksandr Dugin to speak at its Anti-Orange Rally in Moscow in February 2012.
Aleksandr Dugin was baptized at the age of six in the Russian Orthodox church of Michurinsk by his great-grandmother Elena Mikhailovna Kargaltseva.
Aleksandr Dugin's Eurasianism is often cited as belonging to the same spectrum of these movements, as well as having influences from Hermetic, Gnostic and Eastern traditions.
Aleksandr Dugin calls to rely upon "Eastern theology and mystical currents" for the development of the Fourth Political Theory.
Aleksandr Dugin was among its earliest members and was instrumental in convincing Limonov to enter politics, and signed the declaration of the founding of the party in 1993.
In 1998, Aleksandr Dugin left the NBP as a result of a conflict with other members of the party.
In 2005, Aleksandr Dugin founded the Eurasian Youth Union of Russia as the youth wing of the International Eurasia Movement.
Aleksandr Dugin is an author of Putin's initiative for the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
Aleksandr Dugin considered the war between Russia and Ukraine to be inevitable and appealed for Putin to intervene in the war in Donbas.
Aleksandr Dugin described his position as "unconditionally pro-DPR and pro-LPR".
Aleksandr Dugin had trained a group of about 200 people to seize parliament and another government building, according to the Security Service of Ukraine.
Aleksandr Dugin stated he was disappointed in President Putin, saying that Putin did not aid the pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine after the Ukrainian Army's early July 2014 offensive.
Aleksandr Dugin was deported back to Russia when he arrived at Simferopol International Airport in June 2007.
Aleksandr Dugin has no official ties to the Kremlin, but is often referred to in the media as "Putin's brain", and as being responsible for shaping Russian foreign policy.
Rather what is happening is that Aleksandr Dugin expressed, early on, the zeitgeist of post-Soviet Russia, identifying the forces of disorientation and ressentiment that fueled Putin's subsequent actions.
Aleksandr Dugin argued that Dugin's influence on the politics since 2016 was negligible, but that he tried to present himself as an influential person.
Aleksandr Dugin openly criticized Putin for failing to defend "Russian cities" such as Kherson, which was liberated from Russian control on 11 November 2022.
Aleksandr Dugin made contact with the French far-right thinker Alain de Benoist in 1990.
Aleksandr Dugin brought members of Jobbik and Golden Dawn to Russia to strengthen their ties to the country.
Aleksandr Dugin developed links with far-right and far-left political parties in the European Union, including Syriza in Greece, Ataka in Bulgaria, the Freedom Party of Austria, and Front National in France, to influence EU policy on Ukraine and Russia.
Aleksandr Dugin is closely aligned with Israeli journalist Avigdor Eskin, who previously served on the board of Aleksandr Dugin's Eurasia Party.
Aleksandr Dugin sees the United States standing behind all the scenes, including the Russian fifth column.
In one of his publications, Aleksandr Dugin introduced the term the sixth column and defined it as "the fifth column which just pretends to be something different", those who are in favor of Putin, but demand that he stand for liberal values.
Russian-American artist Mihail Chemiakin says Aleksandr Dugin is inventing "the sixth column".
Aleksandr Dugin has characterized his position on the Ukrainian conflict as "firm opposition to the Junta and Ukrainian Nazism that are annihilating peaceful civilians" as well as rejection of liberalism and US hegemony.
In 2008 Aleksandr Dugin established a Center for Conservative Studies at the Moscow State University.
Aleksandr Dugin wrote the statement of resignation from the faculty staff to be reappointed to the Moscow State University staff due to the offered position of department head, but since the appointment was cancelled he was no longer a staff member of the faculty nor a staff member of the Moscow State University.
Aleksandr Dugin was named chief editor of Tsargrad TV by businessman Konstantin Malofeev soon after the TV station's founding in 2015.
In January 2023 Ukraine imposed sanctions on Aleksandr Dugin for promoting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Several of Aleksandr Dugin's books have been published by the publishing house Arktos Media, an English-language publisher for Traditionalist and New Right books.