Russia: the Eurasian idea as a "reverse civilization

In about a month after the start of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Vladimir Medinsky, Putin’s aide and head of the Russian delegation at the negotiations with Ukraine, said that “the very existence of Russia as Russian civilization is now at stake”. Politicians like Medinsky often use this phrase — “Russian civilization”. However, they rarely explain what exactly they mean by it. When it comes to such explanations, this "civilization" is most often associated with the “Eurasian idea”.

Eurasianism is an ideological, worldview and socio-political movement that arose among Russian emigrants in the 1920s and 1930s. Central for them was the concept of Russia-Eurasia as an original civilization that combined elements of the East and the West, but was different from both.

Mykhailo Mischenko

Deputy Director, Sociological Service

Born in 1962 in Kyiv

Education: Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University, Faculty of Philosophy (1984). Ph. D in Philosophy


1984 – 1990 — Sociology Department at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1990 – 1998 — Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Ukrainian Institute of Social Research

February – September 2003 — Kyiv International Institute of Sociology

Since October 2003 — Deputy Director, Razumkov Centre Sociological Service

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