Russia’s FSB security service has accused a second Ukrainian citizen without evidence of preparing the car bomb that killed the daughter of an ultra-nationalist Russian ideologue this month.
The FSB had previously alleged that Ukrainian intelligence was plotting the murder of Darya Dugina, a pro-war expert who was killed when a bomb ripped through the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving near Moscow after a conservative festival.
Ukraine has strenuously denied any connection to the killing, with a government spokesman saying that “unlike Russia, we are not a criminal state, and certainly not a terrorist state”.
Dugina was the daughter of political philosopher Alexander Dugin, a radical foreign policy voice who has called for a conflict with the west and told the Russians to “kill, kill, kill”.
On Monday, Russia claimed that a member of a Ukrainian “sabotage and terrorist group” obtained false documents and helped mount the car bomb in a garage in southern Moscow. The agency released a video of the person it said was the suspect, but it did not release any evidence showing he was involved in the murder. The agency’s claims could not be independently verified by the Guardian.
The allegations against Ukraine, as well as a mass funeral broadcast on state television and attended by a number of Russian officials, have raised concerns that the assassination could be used as justification for a wave of violence against Ukrainian politicians. Vladimir Putin, who is not known to have ever met Dugin, posthumously awarded his daughter a medal for bravery and called the bombing a “horrific, cruel crime”.
The death of a prominent expert near the capital prompted some pro-Kremlin figures to warn that more killings would take place in the future. Margarita Simonyan, the head of the state-funded RT, backed calls to bomb Ukrainian “decision-making centers” in revenge for Dugina’s death.
Within two days of the bombing, Russia accused a female Ukrainian citizen of driving into Russia in a Mini Cooper with her 12-year-old daughter and observing Dugina until shortly before the bombing. The woman then crossed the border from Russia to Estonia, the government said.
On Monday, the FSB released images from security cameras that showed the woman at the Zakharovo estate outside Moscow, where the festival took place. The woman’s face is not clearly visible in the images. The FSB claims she walks past the Toyota Land Cruiser that was later driven by Dugina.
The agency, again without direct evidence, claimed the woman tracked Dugina after she left the festival and activated the bomb that killed her. It was the first time the woman had been accused of activating the device. The Russian government has called the bombing premeditated and “looked like a contract murder”.