[Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Russia]



Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Russia

Espousing Theory of America's Demise Damages Russia's Reputation


"Such initiatives border on masochism, inflicting harm and reputational damage on the Russian government. One shouldn't think that Western - in particular American journalists - consider this gibberish any kind of scoop. They simply perceive it as a reflection of the thinking of the Russian authorities."


By Stanislav Minin


Translated by Yekaterina Blinova


March 6, 2009


Russia - Nezavisimaya Gazeta - Original Article (Russian)

Igor Panarin: According to Wikipedia, a Russian political scientist, Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Doctor of Political Science, Academician of the Academy of Military Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow and Professor in its Department of Mass Communications and Public Relations. His theory that the United States in on teh verge of breakup has created tremendous controversy.


RUSSIA TODAY NEWS: Russian academic predicts civil war and breakup of the United States by 2011, 00:03:07, Nov. 29, 2008RealVideo

Associated Press correspondent Mike Eckel visited the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for a 20 minute lecture by Professor Igor Panarin. For the benefit of foreign journalists, the Foreign Ministry organized this free session of pseudo political-science. From Eckel's account, I couldn't gather whether the session made any lasting impression on him or if perhaps, he was already familiar with Professor Panarin's ideas. The American press has paid considerable attention to Panarin's fantasies, most likely believing that in some freakish way, the Kremlin buys into these conceptions.


A more detailed examination of Panarin's ideas is hardly unnecessary. First of all, he has a Web site. Secondly, the professor refers to phenomena, the social significance of which increases only in the process of discussing them. In short: students, journalists and diplomats heard on March 3rd that the United States will cease to exist in 2010. It will break into six parts. In its place will emerge Atlantic America, which will perhaps join the E.U., a pro-Mexican Texas Republic, a pro-Canadian Central North American Republic and pro-Chinese California Republic. Alaska will return to Russia. Hawaii will go to either the Japanese or the Chinese. And there is little time left: 2010 isn't far off. Already this year, Barack Obama will declare martial law throughout the country.


The reasons for the imminent dissolution - the crisis, will be the (projected) collapse of the U.S. dollar, and, of course, moral decay. Shootings in schools, a large number of prisoners and gay men - are, according to the "Panarian scenario," obvious signs of the end. Mormon Utah will orient itself toward China. Conservative Kentucky is already now prepared to join the E.U., and soon will only be able enter the state with a Schengen Visa.




The American map “according to Panarin” has one, (to be more precise, only one) advantage: it's visually appealing. It is reminiscent of the breakdown of divisions in the U.S. National Basketball Association or some other sports league. If the key concern in the process of forming new countries was their appearance on a map, the scholar's project would be a great blueprint for Americans to act upon.


To comment seriously on such obvious ignorance is impossible and uninteresting. More interesting would be to comment on how such absurdity functions in society. In this instance, two aspects of this trigger my indignation. I say indignation, not surprise - because unfortunately, there is nothing to be surprised about.  



Alexander Dugin is a Russian political scientist and influential promotors of Russian expansion and nationalism, and has close ties to the Kremlin and Russian military intelligence.

One is incensed, for example, that a government agency, a ministry, would invite foreign journalists to a lecture by Professor Panarin. Not just Mike Eckel (although this alone would be enough for indignation). Aside from The Associated Press correspondent, the Diplomatic Academy was visited by representatives of the Deutsche Welle, The Wall Street Journal, Prensa Latina, and along with them - staff from foreign embassies. Such initiatives border on masochism, inflicting harm and reputational damage on the Russian government. One shouldn't think that Western - in particular American journalists - consider this gibberish any kind of scoop on themselves. They simply perceive it as a reflection of the thinking of the Russian authorities- and draw the appropriate conclusions. This is not in our nation's interests and is akin to inviting guests to observe an obscene side of ourselves.

Igor Panarin is a professor and a doctor of science [PhD]. This isn't surprising if we recall that the pride of the Russian education and science, Alexander Dugin [see photo box, above left] lectures at the Department of Sociology at the country's most prestigious University, Moscow Government University, which has secured a solid reputation as a nest of obscurantism and a workshop of nationalism. These are the realities of modern Russia with which it seems one must make peace as we do with yearly flu epidemics, corruption and alcoholism. Nonetheless, what is truly revolting is that Russia's future diplomats are educated by “specialists” like Panarin. This is a matter of the country's face - or at least one of its faces. And applying the makeup, as one can see, is entrusted to people who are incompetent and irresponsible.


Russian mathematician Anatoly Fomenko is a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the International Higher Education Academy of Sciences, as well as a doctor of physics and mathematics, a professor, and head of the Differential Geometry Department of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics in Moscow State University.

Legislation cannot prohibit or restrict stupidity. One must simply make peace with the fact that it exists. One has to make peace with the existence of academics like Anatoly Fomenko (not as individuals, but as a phenomenon). One must tolerate professor Panarin as well. But this doesn't mean that the government should embrace his gibberish. The mad man himself doesn't understand he is mad. But from another's perspective, it should be obvious …


[Editor's Note: Mathematician Anatoly Fomenko (photo box, right) is a supporter of drastically revising chronological history. He claims he has discovered that many historical events do not correspond mathematically with the dates they are supposed to have occurred. He asserts from this that all of ancient history (including the history of Greece, Rome, and Egypt) is a reflection of events that occurred in the Middle Ages and that all of Chinese and Arab history are fabrications of 17th and 18th century Jesuits. He also claims that Jesus lived in the 12th century A.D. and was crucified on Joshua's Hill; that the Trojan War and the Crusades were the same historical event; and that Genghis Khan and the Mongols were actually Russians. Fomenko also disputes more objective dating techniques such as dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating. Some Russian scientists consider Fomenko's work to be pseudoscience.]













































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