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Podcast: Russia's New Utopianism

Eurasianism, old and new: Aleksandr Dugin, Giorgy Florovsky and Aleksandr Prokhanov.
Eurasianism, old and new: Aleksandr Dugin, Giorgy Florovsky and Aleksandr Prokhanov.

It's been compared to a consensual hallucination and even likened to a collective hit of cocaine. 

It may have been a masterstroke that reset Russia's political agenda and saved Vladimir Putin's regime. Or it may turn out to be a fleeting phenomenon that results in a big national hangover.

It is the return of the Russian messianic idea.

One thing is abundantly clear about the wave of patriotic fervor that has gripped Russia since the annexation of Crimea: After decades in the shadows, those age-old utopian and imperial instincts are back with a vengeance.

In this week's "Power Vertical Podcast," we discuss Eurasianism, Russia's latest messianic ideology. Is it a passing fad? Or a long-term project?

Joining me are Merhat Sharipzhan, a senior correspondent and analyst with RFE/RL's Central Newsroom, and Andreas Umland,a professor at Kyiv Mohyla Academy and a leading expert on Russian nationalism.


Power Vertical Podcast -- June 20, 2014
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 20, 2014 18:48
Aha, now - after all sorts of media started talking about an imminent Russian military interverntion in Donetsk and Lugansk (scheduled for 26.06) to liberated the people there from the hated and failed "state" of "Ukraine" - Por seems to have gotten the message and announced a cease-fire for a few. During this week the pro-Russian fighter will amass more combattants and mil. equpement in order to continue making "Ukraine" a "prosperous Europea state" :-)).
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by: Eugenio from: Viyana
June 21, 2014 18:46
Bismilla y Rahman y Rahim :-))!!
Yes, just as I was saying yesterday, the Lugansk People's Republic took advantage of the initiative and retook control over three check-points on the border with the Russian Federation. Additionally, the Central Military District of the Russian Federation has been put in the state of full alert.
It really does sound like someone is about to get a HUGE kick in the ... and I think I even know who this will be :-)).
And at any rate, the winter is only 4-5 months away - and this is gonna be a cold one for some :-)).
Cheers from Viyana!
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 23, 2014 18:30
Guys, here is one more proof of that "Ukraine" is rapidly becoming a prosperous civilized "state": according to media reports, the capital Kiew is about to suffer an interruption of hot water supplies to the population (they have to money to pay for it). So, really, it is the way it has to be the case in any civilized prosperous state (where is this guy from Toronto who will remind me that "positive change needs time" :-))?).
Reference on hot water in Kiew:

by: Mamuka
June 22, 2014 23:27
Ahem... I'd like to interrupt all the dezinformatsiya to actually comment on the podcast: it seems like this 'messianism' is based on Russianness (Rosiistvo, if I may invent a word) and perhaps Pravoslavie... so how does that concur with the Eurasian Union with their Slavic brothers in Kazakhstan, or even Tatarstan, or the North Caucasus?

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 24, 2014 06:05
VIDEO: Nice life in Kiew these days -

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 25, 2014 12:11
VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: Putin & Fischer press conference in Austria (recorded live feed) -

by: PermReader
July 19, 2014 18:56
The war with Ukraine have made Russian imperial ideas clear,I am sure, even for the CIA and RFERL journalists.Isn`t it strange? -not at all.This strange liberal attitude toward the imperial dreams has the long history of the Eltsin`s young liberals` "liberal empire".The American sympathy to this "empire" which was "liberal" for a while was demonstrated by RFERL and others radios` position toward the orange revolutions.There was the masters of making fun of them like Portnikov, for example. So the big strong slightly imperially inclined Russia was a very convenient partner foe a while till...

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