Putin’s brain envisages Ireland in Russian empire

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A Russian fascist who enjoys significant intellectual influence over President Vladimir Putin envisages a Eurasian empire stretching “from Dublin to Vladivostok”.

Sometimes referred to as “Putin’s brain”, Aleksandr Dugin is a political analyst and strategist who was believed to have been the brains behind Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. 

Dugin, 60, has been a leading figure of Europe’s “New Right” for the past three decades, inspiring the rise of the alt-right in the USA.

In his 1997 work “The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia”, Dugin set out his plans for Russia’s foreign policy, calling for Russian agents to foment racial, religious, and sectional divisions in the United States in addition to exploiting historical rifts in the United Kingdom.

Dugin wrote that Russian psyops should focus on damaging relations between Britain and continental Europe while also promoting separatists movements in…

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