The Death of Dugin’s Daughter Misused for Spreading Untruths and Conspiracy Theories
It is not true that Dugin is a fighter against neoliberal fascism, he is not the creator of the idea of Eurasia and BRICS (although he is their supporter). It is arbitrarily claimed that the murder of Dugin’s daughter was ordered by George Soros and that Soros is the creator of Satanism. The promoters of the QAnon conspiracy theory baselessly and without any proof link Soros and other prominent Jews such as the Rothschild family to blood consumption and child abduction by throwing rhetoric and narratives that include the word “Satanism”. There is also no evidence that Kadyrov is after the family for revenge, nor that Russia through a senior official in the army has announced a nuclear arsenal in response to the murder of Daria Dugina
We are reviewing a Facebook post in which, commenting on the death of Alexander Dugin’s daughter, Darya Dugina, the author says that “Alexander Dugin is the creator of the idea of Eurasia and BRICS”, that “Dugin is a fighter against neoliberal fascism”, that there is mention of revenge against Satanists, that “the murder was ordered by Soros” and that “Soros is the creator of Satanism”. The post says that “Kadyrov is looking for the family of Soros to step on the head of the antichrist” and referring to an alleged statement by a senior representative of the Russian General Staff, the author adds “revenge on the Ukrainian Nazis will be unequivocal and deep-rooted, not excluding the nuclear arsenal.”
There is no such thing as “neoliberal fascism”
Neoliberalism is a political model that unites both politics and economics. Neoliberalism tends to shift control of economic factors from government to the private sector, with a commitment to the efficient functioning of the free market and capitalism and a focus on limiting government spending, regulation, and public ownership. The policies of neoliberalism typically support the free exchange of goods, privatization, and restraint of government spending. Often this model is associated with the economic policies of Margaret Thatcher in Great Britain and Ronald Reagan in the United States. Criticisms of this model relate to the potential dangers to workers’ rights, as well as that it gives corporations too much power that increases economic inequality. However, neoliberal initiatives related to the free market, deregulation of industries, taxes, and tax cuts do have support.
In general, neoliberalism is associated with policies of economic liberation, including privatization, deregulation, globalization, free markets, and government spending cuts to increase the role of the private sector in the economy and society.
Fascism, on the other hand, is completely opposite to this. It is a way of organizing a society in which a government led by a dictator controls people’s lives and they are not allowed to disagree with the government. This political ideology became prominent in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s. The most notorious examples of the fascist rule are those of Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party in Italy from 1922 to 1943 and Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945. Fascism is authoritarian and promotes nationalism at all costs.
The philosophy professor at Yale University and the author of the book “How Fascism Works”, Jason Stanley, says that fascism is a view according to which members of a certain ethnic group dominate politically, culturally and with the military. That fascism is based on an ethnic division of ”ours” and “yours”, extreme ethnonationalism and nostalgia for the mythical past, in which the members of a certain ethnic group had an “empire” that is now lost.
According to the Department of History at King’s College of Pennsylvania, the term “fascism” was coined by Mussolini in 1919. The word comes from the Italian “fascio”, meaning bundle or group, and is considered a term for a militant brotherhood. The word “fasces” means an axe bound tightly with sticks, an image that became a symbol of the fascist movement.
Robert Paxton, a professor at Columbia University in New York, describes fascism as a political practice that in the 20th century brought popular enthusiasm using propaganda techniques. According to Paxton, fascism uses propaganda to promote anti-liberalism, threats to individual rights, civil liberties, democracy and free enterprise and promotes the exclusion of certain groups, often through violence, and nationalism that tends to increase national influence and power.
Professor Chris Wright, of the City University of New York, writes that fascists historically opposed modernization when it referred to liberalism, democracy, individualism, and feminism, and supported modernization when it meant technological and economic progress, military superiority, productivity, and glorification of machines and speed.
Therefore, the terms neoliberalism and fascism are opposite. Fascists saw liberalism as their enemy. The coinage of neoliberal fascism, which is used in the post we are reviewing, does not exist in the political and philosophical literature, much less in the reality of political systems or the economic market.
Soros is not the creator of Satanism and did not order any murder
The post falsely claims that George Soros is the “creator of Satanism” and that he “ordered the murder of Alexander Dugin’s daughter.” Soros is a powerful and influential supporter of liberal social causes, philanthropist and activist, whose successes as an investor make him one of the richest people in the world. In 1984, Soros used some of his profits to form the Open Society Foundations, a philanthropic organization that includes a network of foundations. Initial work focuses on Eastern Europe, initially in Hungary where grants and technical support to modernize schools and businesses are awarded.
The promoters of the QAnon conspiracy theory baselessly and without any proof link Soros and other prominent Jews such as the Rothschild family to blood consumption and child abduction by using rhetoric and narratives that include the word “Satanism”.
Satanism, that is, its philosophical interpretation of the central figure of evil, appeared officially in 1960 when Anton LaVey formed the official Satanist Church. Before the 20th century, Satanism did not exist as an actual organized religion, but Christian churches do mention it. Satanism and George Soros have nothing to do with each other.
As CNN reported:
Russian security services blamed Ukraine for the murder of Daria Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin.
Ukraine rejected these accusations, calling them fiction.
We have nothing to do with killing this girl. This is the work of Russian special services, said Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security Council.
Contrary to the untruths presented in the post, it has not yet been announced in any media that Soros is the one who ordered Dugina’s murder.
The post also says “Kadyrov is looking for the offspring of Soros to step on the head of the antichrist.”
Given that Soros’ family is known – Reuters reported in 2012 that Soros has five children, there is no reason to be “looking” for them. Although it is evident that in the post this was used as a threat.
The announcement also claims that “revenge against the Ukrainian Nazis will be unequivocal and radical, not excluding the nuclear arsenal” (statement of a senior representative of the Russian General Staff), but it is not stated which senior representative of the Russian General Staff said such a thing.
Is Alexander Dugin the creator of the idea of Eurasia and BRICS?
The BRICS international political organization includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and the South African Republic. In September 2006, diplomats from the original four BRIC members, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China, met in New York, and as a group, the members of the organization met for the first time on May 16, 2008, in Yekaterinburg, Russia. BRICS has been holding an annual summit since 2009. According to Deutsche Welle, analyst Jim O’Neill of the major American investment bank Goldman Sachs coined the BRICS acronym in 2001.
Alexander Dugin does not figure anywhere as the creator of the BRICS idea. According to the Chinese Embassy in South Africa, the idea of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) was first conceived in 2001 by Goldman Sachs as part of an economic exercise to predict global economic trends over the next half-century. The acronym BRIC was first used in 2001 by Goldman Sachs in the Global Economic Document number 66 entitled “The World Needs Better Economic BRICs”.
The Eurasia Movement is a Russian political movement founded in 2001 by Alexander Dugin. The organization follows a neo-Eurasian ideology, which adopts a mixture of Russian patriotism, Orthodox faith, anti-modernism and Bolshevik ideas. The organization opposes American values such as liberalism, capitalism and modernism. The Eurasia Party is a Russian political party registered by the Ministry of Justice on June 21, 2002, one year after the beginning of the Eurasia movement established by Alexander Dugin.
Dugin and the party predict a world conflict between the United States and Russia.
The new Eurasian Empire will be founded on the fundamental principle of common enemy, rejection of Atlanticism, US strategic control and refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us. This common civilizational impulse will be the basis for a political and strategic union, said Dugin.
On March 26, 2022, the Security Science Journal published an article by several professors stating that the term Eurasianism originated with the Russian émigré community of the 1920s as a reaction to the defeat of the Czar’s army in World War I. On August 5, 2021, Georgia Today writes that Eurasianism is a political movement whose followers believe that Russia does not belong to either European or Asian civilization and is an expression of the geopolitical concept of Eurasia. Russia actively uses Eurasian ideas in foreign policy, especially in relations with neighboring countries. In the text of Georgia Today, it is written that Dugin is not the author of the original idea of Eurasia.
There are a number of misconceptions, for example, that Eurasianism is a doctrine born in Putin’s Russia or that it belongs to Alexander Dugin as an original idea. Therefore, we will look at the historical roots of this political movement to understand it. Eurasianism as a political movement flourished in the 1920s when emigrants fled Russia (then the Soviet Union) because of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Russian Civil War. Among the leaders of the movement are the famous linguist and historian Prince Nikolai Trubetskoi, the philosopher Piotr Savitsky, the musician Piotr Souchinski, the translator Dimitri Sviatopolsk Mirsky, and the lawyer Konstantin Tsugayev. Their opinion was that Russia is not part of European culture. Unlike other emigrants, Eurasianists considered the Soviet regime a necessary stage of development and believed that it could transform Russia into a non-European orthodox state, the article states.
Dugin’s organization is called The Eurasian Youth Union (ESM; in Russian, Евразийский союз молодёжи). It is a traditionalist political organization and youth department of the Eurasia Party, headed by Alexander Dugin in Russia. In 2011, the government of Ukraine assessed this political organization as an extremist, anti-Ukrainian organization and banned it in Ukraine. The Eurasia Party is a Russian political party registered in 2002 by Dugin. According to Dugin’s book, “The Foundations of Geopolitics”, the new Eurasian fortress will be constructed on the fundamental principle of the common enemy, that is, by rejecting the strategic control of the USA and liberal values. The party has been called neo-fascist by critics, which Dugin denies.
The first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, proposed the idea of creating the Eurasian Union as a regional trade bloc. The Union encourages the free movement of goods and services and foresees common policies in transport, economy, industry, agriculture, energy, foreign trade and customs. See the entire timeline of how the Eurasian Economic Union was created at the following link.
Again, there is no Dugin in it.
However, Dugin is a supporter of the Eurasian Economic Union. On October 10, 2014, he stated:
Only after we rebuild Greater Russia, that is, the Eurasian Economic Union, can we become a credible global player.
Dugin then also claimed that the United States wants to wage war against Russia not with its own hands, but through the hands of the Ukrainians, a narrative that has been perpetuated by the Russian side to this day after Russia invaded Ukraine.
Due to all the above facts, we evaluate the post we are reviewing as untrue. It is not true that Dugin is a fighter against “neoliberal fascism”, he is not the creator of the idea of Eurasia and BRICS (although he is their supporter). It is not true that George Soros ordered the murder of Dugin’s daughter, nor that Soros is the creator of Satanism. There is also no evidence that Kadyrov is after Soros’ family for revenge, nor that Russia through a senior official in the army has announced a nuclear arsenal in response to the murder of Daria Dugina.