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Alexey Bondarev, who has completed his PhD on Gumilev’s theories, spent a day discussing Gumilev’s philosophy and showing me around the palaces of St Petersburg. Many of his insights have found their way into the book. Ivan Savický, son of Petr, generously spent a day with me in Prague speaking about his father and helped me access the archive of the elder Savitsky’s correspondence in the Slavic Library. Many thanks are due to the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Ethnography. In particular, Valery Tishkov, Anatoly Anokhin and Sergey Cheshko ran me through the criticism of ‘Ethnogenesis’ and the two-decade spat between the institute’s former director Yulian Bromley and Gumilev.
On that period, too, many thanks to Irina Troubetzkoy Booth, and Varvara Kühnelt-Leddihn, Nikolai Trubetskoi’s grand-daughter, for much help locating sources on the family history of this exalted Russian lineage. A former high-ranking Kremlin official who has requested anonymity was an immense help to me while I was Moscow bureau chief: he spent many hours explaining how things work and debunking my wilder theories about Alexander Dugin. Which brings me to Dugin, without whom this book would not have been possible, but who, I fear, took a dislike to an early manuscript I showed him.
15 In September 2013, Putin again referred to Russia as a ‘civilization state’ in an address to the Valdai forum of journalists and Russia experts. He made his most specific comments yet about his vision for Eurasian integration: ‘The twenty-first century promises to be the century of great change, the era of the formation of major continents of geopolitical, financial, economic, cultural, civilizational, political and military power. ’ In the coming century, in order to matter, you have to be big.