On November 15th, 2015 the founding congress of the Eurasian Movement of the Russian Federation took place. The young economist and journalist Yuri Kofner was elected the chairman of the new social and political movement. The initiative to create a new inter-regional public association was put forward by the Eurasianist youth movement “Young Eurasia”.
The event took place in the ethnographic park-museum “Ethnomir” (Kaluga region). The congress was attended by supporters of the Eurasian idea from various Russian regions, as well as from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and the Donbas republics. The participants of the congress was composed by teachers, scientists, students, Cossacks, Donbas militia, entrepreneurs, and representatives of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and various federal agencies. The event was held in a Siberian Khan-yurt.
At the panel session “Eurasianism in the 21st century”, the new chairman Yuri Kofner promulgated the ideology of the Eurasian movement, which is a synthesis of classical Eurasianism and Russian socio-religious thought of the 19th – 20th centuries, transferred and adapted to the conditions of the 21st century. Kofner emphasized commitment to the views and pragmatic approach of Vladimir Putin and Nursultan Nazarbayev towards Eurasian economic integration. The head of the regional branch of in the Orenburg region, Anton Zhelezniak announced in his report that the movement will help to protect the ethno-cultural identities of the peoples of Eurasia and supports the concept of multipolarity in international relations. Maria Konovalova, head of the regional branch in the Nizhny Novgorod region, called the ideology of the movement, “the national version of the Fourth Political Theory”, whose main objective is to promote traditional religious values and the “return of God into the ethics of society and the State.” The head of the regional branch of in the Republic of Crimea Sergey Bagaev gave a report entitled “The Russian spring and Eurasianism”. He declared one of the most important tasks of the movement, “the protection of the legitimate rights and interests of compatriots living abroad” and, at the same time, fully respecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity, political regime, the national interests and the cultural identity of the member countries of the Eurasian Union. Oleg Lushnikov, head of the regional branch of the Perm region summarized the reports of the first section and in more detail explained the views of the Eurasians on the economy (mixed model and “modernization without westernization”), politics (the rule of the national idea in conjunction with an organic democracy) and culture (ethno-cultural identity and federalism).
The second section was a round table on “The aims and objectives of the Eurasian movement”, among which the following aims were declared: support of Eurasian integration in the field of public diplomacy, promotion of inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony and the prevention of terrorism, promotion of traditional religious values, patriotism and a healthy lifestyle, the strengthening of Russia’s sovereignty. As part of the movement’s strategy the Eurasians will focus on youth, education and HR.
Maximilian Dvorak Stocker (Graz, Austria), author, publishing house «Ares Verlag» and Austrian printed journal “Neue Ordnung” also attended the event.