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Russia and the Foundations of Geopolitics
Alexander Dugin's book contains some interesting perspectives from the Bible believer's point of view.
Sunday, October 23, 2022  Audio & Print versions

As the war continues in Ukraine, Russian missiles have been pounding energy facilities and other such infrastructure across Ukraine. This week, I’d like to take a bigger picture view of the invasion that has dominated headlines for months and talk about a man called Alexander Dugin. 

Alexander Dugin is a Russia Political Philosopher, analyst and strategist, who was head of the Department of International Relations at Moscow State University from 2009 to 2014. In 1997, Dugin published a work called the Foundations of Geopolitics - a book that has been published in multiple editions, and is used in Russian university courses on geopolitics and is reportedly used as a textbook in the Academy of General Staff of the Russian Military according to the magazine “Foreign Policy”. [1] The same magazine described the book as “one of the most curious, impressive, and terrifying books to come out of Russia during the entire post-Soviet era” and “The recent invasion of Ukraine is a continuation of a Dugin-promoted strategy for weakening the international liberal order.”

In fact, the former speaker of the Russian State Duma (which is the lower house of the federal assembly of Russia) urged that Dugin’s geopolitical doctrine be made a “compulsory part of the school curriculum” according to the The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (George Washington University). It has been suggested by numerous sources that in fact, this book is likely to have been influential in Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy, including the invasion of Ukraine. For example, earlier this year CBS news published a 60 minutes overtime interview with Alexander Dugin from 2017, claiming that he is “the far right theorist behind Putin’s plan.” [2] 

The Foundations of Geopolitics compared with Scripture

The fascinating thing about this book, is its eerie similarity with some of the conclusions that Bible believers have come to about Russia in the latter days.  If this book has been a factor in shaping Russian thinking as much as is suggested, then perhaps it will play a part in bringing about the movements of Russia that are described in the prophets of Israel.

So what does this book - The foundations of geopolitics say?

Well one example would be its message about Ukraine - Bear in mind that this was written in 1997, not in the current political climate. It states that “Ukraine as a state has no geopolitical meaning, no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness, its certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics” [3]Remarkably similar to the words of Putin himself in the last year or two. 

What about further afield to Ukraine? 

It states that Germany should be offered the de facto political dominance over most Protestant and Catholic states located within Central and Eastern Europe. France should be encouraged to form a bloc with Germany. In fact, the book refers to a “Moscow-Berlin axis”. How similar is that to the Christian European Beast system that will be allied with Russia (the Dragon power of Eastern Rome) in the latter days. 

The book describes the United Kingdom merely as “an extraterritorial floating base of the U.S. that should be cut off from Europe”. Again, this aligns with the way that Ezekiel describes the merchants of Tarshish as being opposed to Europe and Russia, when they move to invade Israel.

Iran is described as being a key ally for Russia - something that Vladimir Putin has certainly pursued. Again, Ezekiel 38 described Iran as being part of the northern confederacy that comes against the land of Israel. 

Dugin suggests in the book that Russia should use its special services within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilising internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics”. In Ezekiel 38 it is often marked that the nations who oppose the invasion of Israel - Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish and her young lions don’t have the military to intervene in the ground. Perhaps the destabilisation polarisation  of American Politics over the last few years will be a part of bringing about this situation, since America is one the young lions Tarshish. Whether or not Russia has had any part in this destabilisation is a matter of pure conjecture. 

Finally, the book says that geopolitical shocks must be created within Turkey. Again this is a fascinating statement although perhaps doesn’t quite reflect passages like Dan 11 alongside the Revelation suggesting that Russia must invade Turkey, and annex Istanbul (or Constantinople) to fully assume it’s position as the dragon of the Eastern Roman Empire. 

It is remarkable to see that Russian political thinking seems to align with what we would expect from Bible Prophecy. We watch with excitement as we see Russia growing to become more like the power described in the prophets and wait for the day when the Lord Jesus Christ will return. 

This has been Daniel Blackburn joining for this weeks’ edition of Bible in the News.





Printed:  Sunday, October 23, 2022


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