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A New Russian Idea?: Neo-Eurasianist Ideas in the Russian Presidential Addressesto the Federal Assembly 2014 – 2016
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay aims to determine the prevalence of Neo-Eurasianist ideas in the Russian official political discourse be examining the Presidential Addresses to the Federal Assembly 2014, 2015 and 2016. Neo-Eurasianism is understood as a political ideology encompassing narratives, norms and policy suggestions. The study is conducted in two steps. Firstly, it interprets Neo-Eurasianism as conveyed by Aleksandr Dugin and develops an analytical scheme based on his ideas. Secondly, the prevalence of Neo-Eurasianist ideas in the Russian Presidential Addresses to the Federal Assembly 2014, 2015 and 2016 is thematically analysed within the established analytical framework. The study affirms a limited presence of Neo-Eurasianist ideas in the material. Normative notions concerning cultural plurality, a multipolar world order and Russia’s role in the world are present, whereas the underlying assumptions and subsequent policy suggestions cannot be fully affirmed. Contrary, Putin at occasion enacts the Neo-Eurasianist normative notions to articulate other policy suggestions than what Dugin’s ideas prescribe, e.g. counter-terrorism measures. This suggests that the Neo-Eurasianist discourse is used as a rationale to legitimize regime policies, a conclusion that has been drawn in previous studies as well. Regardless of motive, Neo-Eurasianist ideas seem to have taken a limited, but firm, hold in Russian official political discourse.

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2017. , p. 35
Keywords [en]
Aleksandr Dugin, Neo-Eurasianism, Vladimir Putin, Addresses to the Federal Assembly, civilization
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-318650OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-318650DiVA, id: diva2:1084876
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Political Science
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Bachelor Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2017-03-27 Created: 2017-03-27 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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