Russian ideologue and Putin confidante Alexander Dugin has annnounced he met last Friday with the Iranian ambassador to Russia. According to the announcement on the Telegram messaging app:
On Friday October 21, 2022 Kazem Jalali, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation, met with Russian philosopher and thinker Alexander Dugin at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Moscow and held a conversation with him. At the beginning of the meeting, Jalali expressed his condolences to Dugin over the death of his daughter in a dastardly act of terrorism and prayed to the Almighty to grant forgiveness and mercy to the deceased. The meeting was followed by an exchange of views on such topics as the situation in the world, opposition to unilateralism by the United States of America, a multipolar world, the fight against international imperialism, analysis of the recent situation and events in Ukraine, and sanctions by the United States and Western countries against Russia.
According to a CNN profile:
Alexander Dugin, whose daughter Darya was killed Saturday by a car bomb, is the high priest of a virulent brand of Russian nationalism that has become increasingly influential in Moscow. At the age of 60, from a family of Russian military officers, his journey has been remarkable: from fringe ideologue to the leader of a prominent strand of thinking in Russia that sees it at the heart of a “Eurasian” empire defying Western decadence. He is the spiritual founder of the term “the Russian world.” Along the way, this strand has incorporated a deep loathing of Ukraine’s identity outside of Russia. Dugin helped revive the expression “Novorossiya” or New Russia – which included the territories of parts of Ukraine – before the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin used the word in declaring Crimea part of Russia in March of that year. Dugin has long had a visceral loathing of Ukrainians resisting assimilation into “mother Russia.
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In March, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that the US Treasury sanctioned Alexander Dugin for being associated with Russia’s global disinformation campaign on Ukraine. Also included in those sanctions was United World International (UWI), a Russian propaganda website where Dugin’s daughter Darya Dugina was chief editor until she was killed by a car bomb in August. In July, GIOR reported that the UK had also sanctioned Dugina and UWI, describing the UWI as an entity that “is or has been involved supporting, or promoting policies or actions which destabilises Ukraine or undermines or threatens the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine.”
Global media has been widely reporting on Russia’s use of Iranian drones in Ukraine.