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By Charles Clover

Charles Clover, award-winning journalist and previous Moscow bureau leader for the Financial Times, right here analyses the belief of "Eurasianism," a idea of Russian nationwide identification in accordance with ethnicity and geography. Clover lines Eurasianism’s origins within the writings of White Russian exiles in Twenties Europe, via Siberia’s Gulag archipelago within the Fifties, the dissolution of the Soviet Union within the early Nineties, and as much as its regular infiltration of the governing elite round Vladimir Putin. This eye-opening research items jointly the proof for Eurasianism’s position on the center of Kremlin considering this day and explores its effect on contemporary occasions, the annexation of Crimea, the increase in Russia of anti-Western paranoia and imperialist rhetoric, in addition to Putin’s occasionally puzzling political activities and ambitions.

in accordance with wide study and dozens of interviews with Putin’s shut advisers, this quietly explosive tale may be crucial examining for an individual fascinated with Russia’s earlier century, and its future.

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Many of the authors here would take grave exception to being labelled ‘nationalist’, which in Russian is akin to ‘racist’; however, in English it has a wider meaning which I find appropriate. I have used ‘nationalism’ as a broad category to represent the civilizational identity that Eurasianism proposes. Like nationalism, it suggests a common culture and political boundaries, and may be used to justify conquest and irredentism. While it is true that Eurasia is itself a ‘multinational’ unit, made up of Tatars, Russians and Yakuts (among others), its concept is in essence an imperial form of Russian nationalism, and its members have all joined in a Russian nationalist war of conquest in eastern Ukraine.

5 Truth and proof are barely criteria in the competition among memes – indeed Dawkins invented the theory to explain the persistence of religion in the face of science. Far more important is what US comic Stephen Colbert might call ‘truthiness’: the inherent catchiness of ideas like ‘belief in God’ or ‘war on terror’, spread without very much conscious action or explanatory power, or even understanding of their meaning. This is what seems to explain the success of one of the most powerful memes today: nationalism, which has reshaped the world since it captured the imagination of nineteenth-century Europe, starting the most destructive wars in history and ending another global conflict – the Cold War – without a shot being fired.

Kremlinologists watch to see who is seated next to whom. Journalists hope Putin will say something threatening or off colour (which he often does), and this will become a Twitter hashtag within seconds. And in December 2012, everyone was watching to see if Putin, who had limped noticeably during a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and who was rumoured to be in ill health, would make it through the speech. He did, but almost no one was paying attention to the most important thing: a fleeting reference to an obscure Russianized Latin term, which was flung into the speech at about minute 5: ‘I would like all of us to understand clearly that the coming years will be decisive,’ said Putin, vaguely hinting, as he did very frequently, at some great, massive, future calamity.

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