Russia: Putin ally Alexander Dugin’s daughter killed in car explosion

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The daughter of Alexander Dugin, a far-right Russian nationalist who helped shape the ideas behind President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, was killed on Saturday when the car she was driving exploded near Moscow, according to the chief investigative body of Moscow. Russia.

The Russian Commission of Inquiry said it is investigating the incident and has opened a criminal murder case.

A Toyota Land Cruiser “went off at full speed on a public road” and caught fire after an “explosive device planted under the bottom of the car on the driver’s side” exploded. The driver, identified by the committee as “journalist and political scientist Daria Dugina,” died at the scene. It said early evidence pointed to “an assassination.”

Dugina, 29, was reportedly driving her father’s car from a festival they were both attending when the blast happened, with the car going up in flames, a friend of Dugin told state media outlet Tass. Andrey Krasnov said he believed her father was the target of an attack, “or maybe the two of them”.

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Dugin, a scathing critic of the United States with close ties to the Kremlin, is sometimes referred to as “Putin’s Rasputin” or “Putin’s brain.” While he holds no official government position and the extent of his direct relationship with Putin is unclear, Dugin has long called for Ukraine’s re-integration into Russia — and experts say his language and expansionist views on Russia’s place in the world are repeated by the Kremlin and in Putin’s recent speeches.

His daughter has also spoken publicly in support of the war in Ukraine and Russian expansion. In March, she was sanctioned by the United States as part of a list of Russian elites and Russian intelligence-driven disinformation channels, alongside her father, who has been designated for sanctions since 2015. She was also sanctioned by the United Kingdom in July for her support of the Russian invasion.

“The car immediately caught fire [following the explosion]. She lost control of the wheel, because she was driving at high speed, and flew to the other side of the road,” Krasnov told Tass to Russian state media, describing it as a “very serious event”.

Krasnov said Dugin, who left the festival in a different vehicle, returned to the scene after the explosion. Videos circulating on social media appear to show a visibly distraught Dugin standing on a rubble-strewn road, holding his head in his hands. The remains of a car were in flames along the road.

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The blast happened around 9 p.m. local time near the village of Bolshie Vyazyomy, southwest of Moscow, the commission said. Investigators were dispatched to the scene and seized evidence, including dashcam footage, while an explosives expert examined the burned car in a specialized parking lot, the commission said on Sunday.

The incident seemed poised to create a new flash point.

Denis Pushilin, a prominent separatist leader and key figure in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, immediately blamed Ukraine for Dugina’s death, without providing any evidence.

Ukrainian officials denied any involvement in the blast, suggesting it could be the result of an internal dispute within Russia. “As Far As Yesterday’s” [death of Daria Dugina] I emphasize that we certainly have nothing to do with it,” Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, told Ukrainian television on Sunday.

“We’re not even commenting on this because it’s not an interesting topic for Ukrainian special services,” Andrii Yusov, spokesman for Ukraine’s chief military intelligence directorate, told The Washington Post Sunday. Yusov added that Dugina was not someone Ukrainian military intelligence would “make official statements” about.

Still, Yusov noted that “I can say that the process of internal destruction of the ‘Russky Mir’ or ‘the Russian world’ has begun” and predicted that “the Russian world will eat and devour itself from within”.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday that if Ukraine is involved in Dugina’s death, “we need to talk about the state terrorism policy implemented by the Kiev regime.” She said Pushilin’s allegations “must be verified by the appropriate authorities.”

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The UK Treasury Department described Dugina in its sanctions list as a “frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation related to Ukraine and the Russian invasion of Ukraine on various online platforms.”

The US Treasury Department, after ratifying Dugina, said she was the editor-in-chief of a disinformation website called United World International, which had suggested Ukraine would “perish” if admitted to NATO. The website was developed by a Russian political influence operation called “Project Lakhta,” which Treasury officials say has used fictitious online personas to interfere in US elections since at least 2014.

According to Treasury officials, Dugina’s father was first identified in 2015 for being “responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability or sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine”.

Dugin was a leader of the Eurasian Youth Union, which actively recruited individuals with military and combat experience to fight on behalf of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, a separatist enclave in eastern Ukraine that has played a central role in Putin’s justification for war.

In an interview with a Russian YouTuber in March, Dugina said that Ukrainian identity is mainly located in western Ukraine, and that eastern Ukraine — including the Donbas region — would likely accept a “Eurasian Empire” based on religious belief and nationality.

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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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