BSSn4494 Russia and the European Far Right

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Mlejnková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Petra Mlejnková, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Political Science – Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 10:00–11:40 bude_upresneno
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 25 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/25, only registered: 0/25
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
he course will be lectured by Anton Shekhovtsov. This course will explore the relations between Russian actors and the European far right in detail. It will start with an overview of the history of these relations looking at pro-Russian and pro-Soviet elements within the European far-right milieu in the period before the collapse of the Soviet system, as well as discussing the Soviet Union’s attempts to exploit these elements for its own political gains. The larger part of the course will focus on the contemporary period. Seminars, in particular, will examine the changes that took place in Russia that allowed it to claim political legitimacy from European illiberal political forces and to position Russia as a “beacon of hope” of the far right’s fight against liberal democracy; investigate networks of European far-right activists and politicians involved in the politically biased electoral observation aimed at promoting Russian foreign policy interests; study the cooperation between Russian state-funded media and the European far right; and analyse many other areas of cooperation between these actors.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to identify and to analyze relations between Russia and the European Far Right.
  • 1. Introduction; 2. German Far Right and the Soviet Union; 3. European Far-Right Neutralism after the Second World War; 4. Pro-Soviet Far Right during the Cold War; 5. Russian Neo-Eurasianism and the European Far Right; 6. Russian Neo-Eurasianism and the European Far Right; 7. The Right-Wing Turn of Putin's Russia; 8. European Far Right and the Russian Media; 9. Russia and the Far Right in Central Europe; 10. Russia and the French Far Right; 11. Russia and the Greek Far Right; 12. Pro-Kremlin Agenda of the Far Right in The European Parliament; 13. Conclusions, discussion of final seminar papers.
    required literature
  • Fulll list of literature is in the IS.
    not specified
  • SHEKHOVTSOV, Anton. Russia and the western far right : tango noir. First published. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018, xxxii, 262. ISBN 9781138658646. info
Teaching methods
seminars, class discussions, homework, reading
Assessment methods
Grades will be assigned according to the following breakdown: • class attendance and contribution to class discussion 15% • class presentation 15%. Each student will present a text from the reading list for a class discussion (10 min presentation) • final seminar paper (10-12 pages) on the topic chosen by student 70%
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The course is taught annually.

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