Anton Shekhovtsov

Political scientist. External Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Vienna (Austria), an expert at the European Platform for Democratic Elections (Germany), and General Editor of the ‘Explorations of the Far Right’ book series at ibidem-Verlag (Germany). His main area of expertise is the European far right, relations between Russia and radical right-wing parties in the West, and illiberal tendencies in central and eastern Europe. His latest book, Russia and the Western Far Right: Tango Noir was published by Routledge in 2017. https://twitter.com/A_SHEKH0VTS0V

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Cover for: Do they deliver?

Do they deliver?

The pro-Kremlin far right in power

Despite far-right parties’ criticism of EU sanctions on Russia, at national levels they lack the foreign policy leverage to be of direct use to Moscow. The strengthening of the far-right bloc in the European Parliament is also unlikely to alter the EU’s position. Does this mean that Russian influence on European politics is negligible?

Cover for: How Eurovision became the Kremlin’s mousetrap

By banning the Russian contestant from performing at the Eurovision song contest in Kiev in May, Ukraine has damaged its international reputation – which is precisely what Russia intended. While an apolitical response would have been impossible, cleverer options were available.

Marine Le Pen, European Parliament in Strasbourg, 1 July 2014. Photo: Claude Truong-Ngoc. Source: Wikimedia. Heinz-Christian Strache during a press conference, 17 August 2012. Photo: Emil Goldberg. Source: Wikimedia.

Moscow and the far right in France and Austria

From Plan A to Plan B (and back?)

While Moscow’s support of the Front National appears to be waning in advance of the French presidential elections, its ties with Austria’s far right have been cemented by a unique agreement. What does this say about Russian strategy in western Europe?

Cover for: Patterns of illiberalism in central Europe

Patterns of illiberalism in central Europe

A conversation with Anton Shekhovtsov

Poland’s turn to the right has refocused attention on the roots of the region’s illiberal democracies. Anton Shekhovtsov considers the implications of these developments for Europe as a whole.

Cover for: Putin's brain?

No wonder Aleksandr Dugin, founder of Neo-Eurasianism, has caught the attention of western analysts of Russian foreign policy. Anton Shekhovtsov confirms that Dugin, among other far-right intellectuals, has made headway in his struggle for cultural hegemony in Russia.

The radical rightwing party Svoboda rose to prominence in Ukraine’s 2012 parliamentary elections as an alternative to the political establishment, writes Anton Shekhovtsov, expert on Ukrainian rightwing groups. But its role in Euromaidan may well amount to Svoboda’s swan song.

Cover for: The Ukrainian revolution is European and national

Ukrainian civil society wants a truly independent Ukrainian and European nation. And Ukrainians understand that, in order to achieve this independence, they need to completely overhaul the political system. Anton Shekhovtsov on Euromaidan and the rebooting of Ukraine.

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