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Russian nationalist's vision for Austria

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Russian nationalist's vision for Austria
Austrian President Heinz Fischer meeting Russian President Putin in June. Photo: APA/JAEGER
10:46 CET+01:00
In an interview with a Hungarian news website the Russian nationalist philosopher Aleksandr Dugin has spoken about his vision of a Russian-led Eurasian Union - which would include Austria, as well as Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia.

Dugin, who has close ties to the Kremlin, has also been linked with right-wing politicians in Austria. Last August he called for a “genocide” of Ukrainians.

The interview with the Hungarian news site alfahir.hu is titled “An empire against the West”. The news site is known to be sympathetic to Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party, the third-largest party in Hungary's parliament.

Asked about his view of Hungary’s future Dugin replies that he envisions an end to nation states and that countries such as Hungary and Austria could be absorbed into a larger ‘Eurasian bloc’.

He adds that this would be part of a new world order which would consist of the United States, Western Europe (led by Germany) and a Eurasian Union led by Russia.   

Dugin is believed to be allied with billionaire Konstantin Malofeyev, a conservative Russian Orthodox nationalist, and the pair have reportedly been trying to create an ‘elite club’ of politicians who support the Russian line.

At the end of May 2014, they hosted representatives of far-right political parties at a secret conference in Vienna, including Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ).

A few months later FPÖ politician Johann Gudenus reportedly travelled to Moscow to join a meeting which was critical of the EU and an alleged ‘gay lobby’.

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