Russia blames Ukraine for death by car bombing of nationalist Daria Dugina

Russia blames Ukraine for death by car bombing of nationalist Daria Dugina

Russia’s top counterintelligence agency blamed Ukraine’s espionage services on Monday for organizing the… murder of Daria Duginaa 29-year-old political commentator and daughter of a leading Russian nationalist ideologue, in a car bomb attack just outside Moscow on Saturday night.

Dugina’s comment often echoed that of her father, Alexander Dugina philosopher, writer and political theorist, described by some in the West as “Putin’s brain.”

On Sunday, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak denied any Ukrainian involvement in the assassination.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor to the KGB, said on Monday that the murder of Dugina was “prepared and committed by the Ukrainian special services”.

The FSB accused Ukrainian citizen Natalya Vovk of carrying out the bombing and said she arrived in Russia in July with her 12-year-old daughter and rented an apartment in the building where Dugina lived to shadow her. The agency said Vovk and her daughter were at a Russian nationalist festival that Daria Dugina and her father attended just before the car bombing.

The identity of the suspect and any evidence linking her to the attack could not be independently confirmed.

The FSB said Vovk and her daughter left Russia for Estonia after Dugina’s murder, using a different license plate on the way out of the country.

Russian law enforcement officials said they would try to extradite the suspect to Russia and threaten “tough action” if Estonia refuses to cooperate.

Russian media quoted witnesses as saying that the bombed SUV belonged to Alexander Dugin and that he had decided at the last minute to travel in another vehicle.

Daughter of Putin ally Alexander Dugin killed in car explosion
Russian officials are investigating the scene after the car of Daria Dugina, daughter of Alexander Dugin, Russian political scientist and ally of President Vladimir Putin, exploded on the Mozhayskoye highway in Moscow, Russia, on August 21, 2022.

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On Sunday, Denis Pushilin, head of the Russian-backed separatist “Donetsk People’s Republic” in eastern Ukraine, was quick to blame the explosion on “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, who tried to kill Alexander Dugin”.

Dugin, who has been smitten with US and European sanctions, has been a prominent proponent of the concept of the “Russian world”, a spiritual and political ideology that emphasizes traditional values, restoring Russia’s global power and unity of all ethnic Russians in the world. world. He has strongly supported Russian President Vladimir Putin to send troops to Ukraine and has urged the Kremlin to step up its operations in the country.

Dugina herself was sanctioned by the United States in March for her work as editor-in-chief of United World International, a website that has described the US as a source of disinformation, as well as by the British government last month. This year’s announcement of US sanctions cited a United World article claiming that Ukraine would “perish” if admitted to NATO. Dugina had also appeared as a commentator on the nationalist TV channel Tsargrad, where Dugin had served as editor-in-chief.

File photos of Daria Dugina and her father, Alexander Dugin
Save photos of Russian political commentator Daria Dugina, left, and her father, Alexander Dugin, an ally of Putin and a nationalist political theorist.

Left: TSARGRAD.TV via Reuters / Right: Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

In an appearance on Russian television last Thursday, Dugina said: “People in the West are living in a dream, in a dream given to them by global hegemony.” She called America “a zombie society” in which people were against Russia but couldn’t find it on a map.

The car bombings, unusual for Moscow since the turbulent 1990s, are likely to exacerbate tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

“My daughter Daria Dugina was brutally murdered by an explosion before my very eyes. She was a beautiful, Orthodox girl. A patriot, a military correspondent, an expert on the central broadcasters and a philosopher. Her speeches and reporting are always profound, grounded and restrained. She has never called for violence and war,” Dugin said Monday. “Our hearts long for more than just revenge or retaliation. It’s too petty, not Russian. We just need our victory.”