Darya Dugina: Russian Security Service claims Ukrainian agent behind killing

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“The murder of journalist Darya Dugina has been solved, it was prepared by the Ukrainian special services, by a citizen of Ukraine,” TASS reported, citing the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), which named a woman as the perpetrator and said that she had fled to Estonia after the attack.

Ukraine has denied any involvement in Dugina’s murder, calling the FSB claims fiction.

“We have nothing to do with the murder of this lady – this is the work of the Russian special services,” Oleksii Danylov, secretary of the Ukrainian National Security Council, said in an interview on Ukrainian television Monday.

“I reiterate that our special services have nothing to do with this,” he said.

Dugina, the editor of a Russian disinformation website, died after a bomb planted in a car she was driving went off in the suburbs of Moscow on Saturday night.

The FSB said the attacker was a Ukrainian woman who arrived in Russia on July 23 with her young daughter, TASS reported. The couple attended a festival near Moscow on Saturday where Dugina was the guest of honor.

“The criminals used a Mini Cooper car to keep an eye on the journalist,” TASS reported, citing the FSB, adding that the woman had rented an apartment in Moscow in the same building where Dugina lived.

After remotely detonating explosives planted in Dugina’s Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, the FSB said the woman and her daughter were driving through the Pskov region to Estonia, a journey of about 12 hours.

CNN cannot independently verify the FSB claims cited in the TASS report.

The Estonian Police and Border Guard said on Monday it will only share information about cross-border traffic “in cases as determined by law” and not because of Russian accusations in the media.

The agency’s media representative, Ragne Keisk, also told CNN in an email that the border force “had not received any formal information or request from the Russian authorities on the matter”.

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was unable to comment and directed questions to the country’s Ministry of Justice and the Border Guard.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a key adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Monday the FSB’s accusation reflected the “fictional world” in which Russian propaganda thrives.

“Ru propaganda lives in a fictional world: [Ukrainian] woman and her 12-year-old child were ‘assigned’ to blow up propagandist Dugina’s car. Surprisingly, they did not find the ‘Estonian visa’ on the spot,” he said on Twitter.

Ukraine’s defense intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov also dismissed Russia’s claims as “fake” on Monday.

“It is fake that Ukraine is involved in this. It is fake that the National Guard of Ukraine is involved in these events. The National Guard is fulfilling its legal duties on the territory of Ukraine,” Yusov said in a statement.

Yusov then shifted responsibility for the blast to Russia, saying: “This is more like running things within Russia. Both Dugin and his daughter are fringe characters and not a focus for Ukraine.”

Dugina’s father, Alexander Dugin, is a prominent Russian nationalist who is seen as the architect or “spiritual guide” of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Both father and daughter have been sanctioned by the United States and the United Kingdom for destabilizing Ukraine.

The US Treasury Department sanctioned Dugina in March as editor-in-chief of the disinformation website United World International, which it claimed was owned by Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, and pushed posts suggesting that Ukraine would “perish” if admitted. to NATO.
Prigozhin, known as “Putin’s chief”, is believed to be behind the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the infamous Kremlin-affiliated troll factory accused of meddling in the 2016 US election.

The UK called Dugina in a July filing by the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation a “frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation related to Ukraine and the Russian invasion of Ukraine on various online platforms.”

Putin expressed his condolences to Dugina’s family on Monday, calling her death “a despicable, cruel crime”.

In a statement published on the Kremlin’s Telegram channel, Putin said: “A journalist, scientist, philosopher, war correspondent, she honestly served the people, the fatherland, she proved by deed what it means to be a patriot of Russia .”

CNN’s Oleksandra Ochman, Teele Rebane and Victoria Butenko contributed to this report.

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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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