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A Putin Fixer Claims Success With Turkey

Alexander Dugin says he stepped in after the downing of a fighter | “Brilliance and madness are very close to each other”

The Russian ultranationalist dubbed “Putin’s Rasputin” by Breitbart News when it was run by President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has emerged as an unlikely foreign policy fixer for the Kremlin. Alexander Dugin, whose lengthy beard gives him a passing resemblance to the Siberian mystic who enchanted Czar Nicholas II, says he played a key role in patching up Russia’s relations with Turkey, an account confirmed by a senior figure in Ankara. He’s bullish on better ties with the U.S., now that people more sympathetic to his views are in power.

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