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Pegida and Russia

  • 06-02-2017 5:32am
    Closed Accounts Posts: 110 ✭✭

    One of the stated aims of Pegida is to improve relations with Russia. Any idea why this is the case?


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,143 ✭✭✭✭Peregrinus

    Because they find hairy-chested authoritarianism appealing, basically.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 110 ✭✭JoeyPeeps

    Do they see Russia as a right wing anti-eu state?

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,143 ✭✭✭✭Peregrinus


    It's hard to analyze Pegida positions to any great degree, because the movement is characterised by a fair degree of anti-intellectualism. Externally, they refuse to engage in dialogue about their beliefs, values and positions because they consider the press to be a politically correct conspiracy. Internally, I don't think there's a huge amount of discourse going on either, because Pegida supporters are generally driven not so much by what they think as by what they feel.

    Putin appeals to them. They feel good about him. He exemplifies the kind of leadership they want. It's as basic as that, really.