”Alexander Dugin and Moscow’s New Right-Radical Intellectual Circles at the Start of Putin’s Third Presidential Term 2012-2013: The Anti-Orange Committee, the Izborsk Club and the Florian Geyer Club in Their Political Context,” Europolity: Continuity and Change in European Governance. Vol. 10. No. 2. 2016. Pp. 7-31.
This paper contextualizes a brief moment in the development of Russian right-wing intellectualism in a volatile transition period of the Putin System. It briefly introduces three new far right circles the appearance of which, it is argued, signified a novel stage in the development of the Russian extreme right within the peculiar conditions of Russia’s post-Soviet neopatrimonial regime. The paper focuses on the personae of Aleksandr Dugin – one of post-Soviet Russia’s most prominent fascist ideologues and the prime proponent of “neo-Eurasianism.” The paper also briefly touches upon the significance of the 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine for the radicalization of Putin’s authoritarian rule and its resulting rapprochement with the Russian extreme right.
Some observations of this paper were earlier outlined in a brief research note in the “Russian Analytical Digest,” no. 135, 8 August 2013. The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, supported research for this extended investigation that was completed in 2014. Developments, revelations and findings published in 2015-2016 are only partly considered below. The most important recent contributions on this topic, not yet included here, are: Roland Götz, “Die andere Welt – Im Izborsker Klub: Russlands antiwestliche Intelligencija,” Osteuropa, vol. 65, no. 3, 2015, pp. 109–138, and Marlene Laruelle, “The Izborsky Club, or the New Conservative Avant-Garde in Russia,” The Russian Review, vol. 75, no. 4, 2016, pp. 626–644. For a review of recent relevant books, see my essay: Andreas Umland, “Post-Soviet Neo-Eurasianism, the Putin System, and the Contemporary European Extreme Right,” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 15, 2017, forthcoming.