Car explosion kills Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian nationalist known as “Putin’s brain”

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Moscow The daughter of an influential Russian political theorist, often referred to as “Putin’s brain,” was killed in a car bomb attack on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said Sunday.

The Moscow branch of the Russian Commission of Inquiry said preliminary information indicated that a bomb placed in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina, 29, exploded Saturday night, killing the TV commentator, who was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a nationalist philosopher. and writer.

Dugin is a prominent proponent of the concept of “Russian world”, a spiritual and political ideology that emphasizes traditional values, the restoration of Russian power and the unity of all ethnic Russians around the world. He is also a staunch supporter of sending troops to Russia Ukraine.

The explosion happened when his daughter was returning from a cultural festival she had attended with him. Some Russian media reports quoted witnesses saying that the SUV belonged to Dugin and that he had decided at the last minute to travel in another vehicle.

The vivid and violent incident, unusual for Moscow, is likely to exacerbate animosity between Russia and Ukraine.

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In this handout photo, taken from a video released by Russia’s Commission of Inquiry on Sunday, August 21, 2022, investigators are working on the site of the explosion of a car driven by Daria Dugina outside Moscow.

Russia’s Commission of Inquiry via AP


No suspects were immediately identified. But Denis Pushilin, president of the separatist People’s Republic of Donetsk at the center of Russia’s fighting in Ukraine, blamed “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, who tried to kill Alexander Dugin”.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, denied Ukrainian involvement, saying on national TV: “We are not a criminal state, unlike Russia, and certainly not a terrorist state.”

Analyst Sergei Markov, a former adviser to Putin, told Russia’s state news agency RIA-Novosti that Alexander Dugin, not his daughter, was likely the intended target, saying: “It is perfectly clear that the most likely suspects are Ukrainian military intelligence and the Ukrainian security service. .”

While Dugin’s exact ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin are unclear, the Kremlin regularly repeats rhetoric from his writings and appearances on Russian state television. He helped popularize the “Novorossiya” concept, or the new Russia, which Russia used to justify the 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

He promotes Russia as a country of piety, traditional values ​​and authoritarian leadership, and despises Western liberal values.

His daughter held similar views and had appeared as a commentator on the nationalist TV channel Tsargrad, where Dugin had served as editor-in-chief.

Dugina herself was sanctioned by the United States in March for her work as editor-in-chief of United World International, a website that the US described as a disinformation site. The announcement of the sanctions this year cited a UWI article claiming that Ukraine would “perish” if admitted to NATO.

“Dasha, like her father, has always been at the forefront of confrontation with the West,” Tsargrad said on Sunday in the familiar form of her name.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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