Daria Dugina, daughter of a close Putin ally, dies in an attack

Daria Dug in a, daughter of Alexander Dug in, an ideologue close to the Kremlin and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died on Saturday when a bomb exploded in the car he was driving in the Moscow region, the Investigative Committee said in a statement of Russia (CIR).

Daria Dugina, daughter of a close Putin ally, dies in an attack
Daria Dugina, daughter of a close Putin ally, dies in an attack

Dug in a, 29, a journalist and political scientist, was driving down a highway on the outskirts of Moscow when an explosive device detonated in the vehicle in which she was traveling. "It was completely on fire, he lost control because he was driving at high speed and flew to the opposite side of the road," Andrei Krasnov, leader of the Russ Gorizont movement and acquaintance of the family, told the Tass agency. According to Krasnov, the car belonged to Alexander Dugin, so he was probably the intended target.


Russia announced this morning the opening of a criminal case "for the murder of a young woman in a generally dangerous manner." Investigators are surveying the scene of the explosion. The Committee ensures that it works on all possible versions of the crime.

Daria Dugina and her father, Alexander Dugin, in archive
Daria Dugina and her father, Alexander Dugin, in archive 

'Spiritual guide' to the Ukraine invasion

The 60-year-old philosopher Alexander Dug in, considered one of the ideologues who has most influenced Krelim policy in recent years and a 'spiritual guide' of the invasion of Ukraine, has been under US sanctions since 2015 for " actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability or sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine".


He is one of the promoters of the 'Eurasian' doctrine, which promotes a kind of alliance between Europe and Asia under Russian leadership.


In March 2022, after the beginning of the Russian "special military operation" in Ukraine, his deceased daughter was also sanctioned by the US for her work as director of the United World International (UWI) website, described by Washington as “a means of disinformation.


The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, has directly accused the Kyiv government of being behind the attack. "In an attempt to eliminate Alexander Dug in the terrorists of the Ukrainian regime have killed his daughter," he wrote on Telegram.


For his part, Russian senator Andrei Klishas has described the attack as an "enemy attack" and demanded that its material and intellectual authors be brought to justice.


Kyiv denies its involvement

However, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, has denied this Sunday that kyiv is involved in the attack. "I stress that Ukraine has nothing to do with this, because we are not a criminal state like the Russian Federation and we are not a terrorist state," Mikhailo Podolyak, one of Zelensky's advisers, said in televised remarks.


On the contrary, he has claimed that Russia has begun to "disintegrate internally" and that various political groups are beginning to clash in a power struggle.


As part of this ideological redistribution, "informative pressure" on society is growing and the war in Ukraine is being used as an escape route, while nationalist sectors are becoming more radicalized, Podolyak added

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