Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin (Russian:Алекса́ндр Ге́льевич Ду́гин) (January 7, 1962 in Moscow) is a Russian political scientist and philosopher, which is the co-founder of the ultra-left National Bolshevik Front and Party, he wrote multiple books about his strategy and he has close ties as an informal advisor to president Vladimir Putin and military institutions. However he also made very critical remarks on Putin:
|“||If we consider the situation in Russia more closely, we will discover that almost all that is said in the West about Putin is wrong. It is a complete caricature. The most important criticism of Putin inside Russia is not from the liberals. Liberals represent the smallest part of the critics. They are absolutely marginal… So the West is absolutely wrong in thinking that there is this big liberal opposition to Putin that is artificially kept down. The real opposition to Putin is growing completely on the other side of Russian society. It is growing discontent with "lunar" Putin, against the Putin who is surrounded by liberals. All the government is completely not only corrupt, it consists of pro-Western liberals. Nothing has changed after the last election.||”|
Dugin is considered to be the godfather of Eurasianism, one of the most popular variants of National Globalism.
Dugin was born on January 7, 1962, in Moscow, in 1979 he attended the Moscow Aviation Institute, an engineering education university.
He was a dissident and anti-communist during the Soviet-era and joined later the Christian Pamyat-group. In the 1990s he helped to create a reformed Communist Party of the Russian Federation led by Gennady Zyuganov.
Dugin was one of the co-founders of the communist-fascist National Bolshevik Party in 1993 together with Eduard Limonov and Yegor Letov, which still existed until 2007 when the party was banned by the authorities.
He is a member of the Old Believers, a sect of the Russian Orthodox Church considered heretical by the latter.
Dugin's view on international politics were frequently criticized by Western liberals especially when it came to his anti-Western rhetorics, therefore, his points can be criticized and discussed when he stated that "by no means the racist and chauvinist aspects of National Socialism that determined the nature of its ideology. The excesses of this ideology in Germany are a matter exclusively of the Germans ... while Russian fascism is a combination of natural national conservatism with a passionate desire for true changes." and despite that he said that "American liberalism must be destroyed" he is nothing more than a left-wing political scientist with some conservative tendencies.
Dugin strongly opposes efforts between the United States and Russia to build a friendly relationship in the era of Donald Trump. He considers the normalization of relations to be tantamount to a Russian surrender to the United States, going as far as stating that
- "Everything except war and friendship is good for us in Russia-US relations;"
- Dugin, Alexander (January 18, 2018). Globalisation And Its Enemies. Geopolitica.ru. Retrieved August 30, 2018.