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Alexander Dugin and Ukraine

This is a guest post by Oliver Williams

I first came across the name Alexander Dugin several years ago. I dismissed him as a fringe character and a total crank. In contemporary Russia the fringe has become mainstream.
He started his political life as co-creator of the National Bolshevik Party, a party whose inclinations can be surmised [...]

RT tries comedy

I’m sorry to report that the Russian government propaganda outlet RT America is launching a comedy program tonight.
It promises to be every bit as funny as similar efforts by Fox News and Press TV.
“Redacted Tonight” is hosted by some guy named Lee Camp, who promises it will be “a full-frontal punch to the face of [...]

Speak Russian? MI5 recruiting (and how Putin is the new far right)

If it’s not a new cold war, it’s decidely chilly. MI5 are recruiting Russian Intelligence Analysts:
Using your specialist Russian language skills and your knowledge of Russia’s cultural affairs, history, politics, ideology and economy, you will add real understanding to the intelligence that has been gathered and deliver clear analysis in a variety of ways. Your [...]

Timothy Snyder: A vote for UKIP is a vote for Putin

In a must-read piece at The New Republic, Timothy Snyder points out a similarity between the Putin regime and the Stalin regime at the time of the Nazi-Soviet pact:
The embrace of anti-fascism as a rhetorical strategy is quite different from opposing actual fascists.
Putin now presents himself as the leader of the far right in Europe, [...]

Russian nationalists warn of the danger of, um, Conchita Wurst

Reacting to the victory of the Austrian gay transvestite Conchita Wurst in the Eurovision contest, the Russian nationalist website Sputnik & Pogrom (charming name) posted this on Twitter:

(Translation: Ukraine, you want into Europe? Conchita is waiting for Ukraine! May 11, either you go to the referendum, or the blue beard comes to you!)
Is anyone else [...]

Deported for “propagandizing American values”

Rosie Gray at BuzzFeed reports:

Four Americans have been fined and deported from Russia and accused of “propagandizing American values,” according to a statement from the federal migration service of the Russian Republic of Chuvashia.
The Americans were all teaching English in the city of Cheboksary while on tourist visas, the statement said. Their deportation comes at [...]

In Ukraine, the return of the Black Hundreds

It’s still not clear precisely who was behind the notorious leaflets distributed to Jews in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk ordering them to register with the separatist pro-Russian “Donetsk People’s Republic.” (Separatist leaders denied they were behind it and nobody actually complied.)
But David E. Fishman of the Jewish Daily Forward observes that Russian media [...]

Putin: I lied, but now I’m telling the truth. Honest!

The Washington Post reports:
President Vladimir Putin, who repeatedly denied Russian troops had entered Crimea before the March referendum there, changed his version of those events Thursday, telling the nation that they had indeed been there all along.
But the green-uniformed men observed in eastern Ukraine right now, storming buildings and raising the Russian flag, are not [...]

Putin’s Propagandist at the Guardian

There’s a remarkable piece on Comment is Free by Putin’s Propagandist in Chief: Dmitri Kisilev. Kisilev is the Deputy General Director of the Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company.
It contains this gem:
Russian journalists are free to tackle difficult issues in their reporting without fear of government sanction. To take one such issue, unlike in [...]

Europe’s far Right ♥ Putin

Writing last week at The Washington Post, Anne Applebaum observed:
During his Brussels speech this week, Obama also declared that Russia leads “no bloc of nations, no global ideology.” This is true, up to a point: Russia’s “ideology” isn’t well-defined or clear. But the U.S. president was wrong to imply that the Russian president’s rhetoric, and [...]