The panel-discussion Invention of Eurasia: Geography or "special path” between Boris Dolgin (politilogist, scientific editor of Polit.ru), Evgeniy Gontmakher (economist), Dmitry Venkov (artist, awardee for Kandinsky Prize 2012) and Vasily Zharkov (politilogist, Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences) is moderated by Ilya Budraitskis and approaches the notion of Eurasia from an economic and political point of view. Over the last century, the idea of "Eurasia" has remained one of the most prominent and controversial in Russian political discourse. We can say that so far it exists as if in two poorly compatible interpretations. The first is rooted in philosophical and political legacy of the 1920s, when Trubetskoy described Eurasia as a space that denies borders, colonialism, racial inequality and exclusion logic inherent in the European nation-states. Second - on the contrary, it requires a coincidence of Eurasia with a certain public-political project, to insist on their values and interests, which are fundamentally different from the actual Europe and Asia.
How, by whom and why was "invented" Eurasia? To what extent it is a fact of geography and economy, and to what extent - the product of intellectual speculation? What political, economic and cultural significance may have an idea of Eurasia today? Is it merely a tool in the hands of the elite, or can inspire civic movement from below?