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Expansionism Policy of Russia Krastev I 122
Expansionism/Policy of Russia/Krastev: KrastevVsKagan: Today it is fashionable to interpret Putin's policies as an attempt to restore the geopolitical influence of the Soviet Union, if not the Soviet Union itself.(1) KrastevVsKirchick: Other commentators emphasize Russia's role as a conservative power seeking to remake Europe in its own image as a crusading opponent of modern decadence.(2) Alarming statements by Aleksandr Dugin, the pop star of Russian Eurasianism, are frequently recycled in Western media. This is all very misleading. The Kremlin is making conservative noises and tries to look imperial, but Putin's policies have almost nothing to do with Russia's traditional imperialism or expansionism. Tradition: Nor are Putin's supporters about to turn their backs on modern rationalism and individualism to embrace an idealized vision of medieval peasant communities and the organic oneness of traditional rural life.

1. According to Robert Kagan, Putin is attacking the liberal world order in order 'to return Russia to its historical influence on the world stage': Kagan, The Jungle Grows Back (Knopf, 2018), p. 111.
2. James Kirchick, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age (Yale University Press, 2017).

Krastev I
Ivan Krastev
Stephen Holmes
The Light that Failed: A Reckoning London 2019