Aleksandr Dugin, the chief ideologist of the Kremlin-backed “Eurasian” doctrine has been denied entry into the European Union after arriving at the Greek airport of Thessaloniki.
Dugin is not on the EU sanctions list, but he was put last year on the US black list because of his affiliation with an ultranationalist group that Washington says has “actively recruited individuals with military and combat experience to fight on behalf of Moscow-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.”
On May 17, Greek border guards refused to let Dugin enter the country after he arrived in Thessaloniki.
Dugin said he was stopped from entering the EU at the request of Hungarian authorities. He told the conservative, religious-themed TV channel Tsargrad, where he serves as editor in chief, that he had been “deported” from Greece.
Dugin has been courting both left-wing and extreme right-wing political groups in Hungary, Greece, and Romania, where he is popular among ultra-nationalists. He said he had wanted to visit Mount Athos in anticipation of Vladimir Putin’s planned visit together with the Russian patriarch Kirill.
Dugin said his “deportation” was “weird”, given that he had traveled freely in the EU in recent months.
Beginning of May, a group of Russian journalists were denied entry in Estonia, where the authorities annulled their Schengen visas.