chapter  6
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Dugin and the Eurasian controversy: Is Eurasianism “patriotic”?


The Kremlin had advertised 4 November 2005 as the “Day of National Unity,” a day to commemorate the liberation of Moscow from Polish-Lithuanian occupation in 1612,1 but the chief media story of the day was a 3,000-strong “right march,” a demonstration by “patriotic” forces in the capital.2 The “patriotic” march was organized by the Eurasian Youth Movement (ESM), created by Russia’s chief proponent of neo-Eurasianism, Alexander Dugin, but ESM members were accompanied by marchers from the Movement against Illegal Immigration (DPNI)3 and the National Great Power Party, as well as other hard right groups, including neo-Nazi skinheads and members of the Gorbachev-era ultra-nationalist organization Pamyat dressed as White Guard counter-revolutionaries.4