Russia blames Ukraine for nationalist’s car bombing death


MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top counterintelligence agency accused Ukraine’s espionage services on Monday of organizing the murder of the daughter of a leading Russian nationalist ideologue in a car bomb just outside Moscow.

Daria Dugina, the 29-year-old daughter of Alexander Dugin, a philosopher, writer and political theorist described by some in the West as “Putin’s brain,” died when an explosive device planted in her SUV exploded while driving on Saturday night.

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

In a letter expressing his condolences to Dugin and his wife, which was released by the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the “cruel and treacherous” murder of Dugina, calling her a “bright, talented person with a genuine Russian heart.” – friendly, loving, responsive and open.”

Putin added that Dugina has “honestly served people and the fatherland, by proving what it means to be a patriot of Russia with her actions.”

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

In Monday’s statement, the FSB accused a Ukrainian national, Natalya Vovk, of committing the murder and then fleeing from Russia to Estonia.

The FSB said Vovk arrived in Russia with her 12-year-old daughter in July and rented an apartment in the building where Dugina lived to shadow her. It said that Vovk and her daughter were at a nationalist festival, which Alexander Dugin and his daughter attended just before the murder.

The agency 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.

In a statement from a close associate, Dugin described his daughter as a “rising star” who was “treacherously killed by enemies of Russia”.

“Our hearts don’t just long for revenge and retribution, it would be too petty, not Russian style,” Dugin wrote. “We just need the win.”

Dugin has been a prominent proponent of the concept of the “Russian world”, a spiritual and political ideology that emphasizes traditional values, the restoration of Russia’s global power and the unity of all ethnic Russians around the 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.

The car bombings, unusual for Moscow since the gang wars of the turbulent 1990s, sparked calls from Russian nationalists to respond by ramping up attacks on Ukraine.

The explosion happened when Dugin’s daughter returned from a cultural festival she had attended with him. Russian media quoted witnesses who said the SUV belonged to Dugin and that he had decided at the last minute to travel in another vehicle.

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”.

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

Dugin, who has been smitten with US and European Union sanctions, has promoted Russia as a country of piety, traditional values ​​and authoritarian leadership, and has spoken disdainfully of 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 described by the US as a source of disinformation. The sanctions announcement this year cited a United World article claiming that Ukraine would “perish” if admitted to NATO.

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 Valley Voice
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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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