Saturday, July 05, 2014

Russian Nationalists Feel Let Down by Kremlin, Again

Ukraine Crisis Boosted Their Profiles, but Now Some Feel Let Down by Putin

By Paul Sonne, WSJ
Updated July 4, 2014

MOSCOW—Russia's most famous imperialist ideologue, Alexander Dugin, saw his star rise even higher as Russia annexed Crimea early this year in the heat of a patriotic, expansionist fever.

Now he is feeling jilted, with the Kremlin agreeing to negotiate with Kiev and its Western allies rather than seizing more of eastern Ukraine. He has gone from regular appearances on state television to being denied a prestigious post at Moscow State University last week.

The university says the offer of a department chairmanship resulted from a technical error, and that he remains a professor under contract until September, which Mr. Dugin denies.

He says his case is a warning to anti-West hard-liners like himself, now that Kremlin has moderated its stance on Ukraine: Back off demands to deploy troops and quit suggesting President Vladimir Putin is letting the separatists down.

(More here.)

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