Putin ally’s daughter Darya Dugina is dead in the Moscow explosion. A suspected vehicle bombing has claimed the life of a close confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s.
Russian investigators reported that Darya Dugina, 29, passed away following an explosion on a road outside of Moscow.
It is believed that the attack may have been planned to harm her father, the renowned Russian philosopher and “Putin’s brain” Alexander Dugin.
The well-known ultra-nationalist figure Mr. Dugin is thought to be close to the Russian president.
The philosopher delivered a talk at a festival close to Moscow on Saturday night, and Alexander Dugin and his daughter were there.
The “Tradition” festival bills itself as a fun-filled family outing for art enthusiasts that is held at the former home of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, the Zakharovo estate.
Before Mr. Dugin apparently decided at the last minute to travel separately, the pair was scheduled to leave the event in the same car.
In a video sent on Telegram, Mr. Dugin can be seen gazing in shock as emergency personnel arrive at the site of a smouldering car wreck.
The car’s driver, Ms. Dugina, perished at the scene close to Bolshiye Vyazemy, according to investigators.
They claimed that when an explosive device hidden under the automobile exploded, it set the car on fire. Experts on forensics and explosives are looking at it.
Ukrainian involvement in the incident has been denied by a Ukrainian official.
Mykhailo Podolyak, a counsellor to President Volodymyr Zelensky, stated: “Ukraine, of course, has nothing to do with this since we are not a criminal state, which is the Russian Federation, and even less a terrorist state.”
If any connections to Ukraine were discovered, according to Maria Zakharova, the foreign ministry’s spokeswoman, it would be “state terrorism.”
Alexander Dugin, who does not hold an official post in the government, is thought to be close to the Russian president and has even been dubbed “Putin’s Rasputin.”
Darya Dugina, a well-known journalist herself, openly backed the invasion of Ukraine.
She was subject to sanctions earlier this year after being charged by US and UK officials with spreading “disinformation” online about Russia’s invasion.
In an interview in May, she referred to the conflict as a “clash of civilizations” and took delight in the fact that Western sanctions had specifically targeted both her and her father.
The US imposed sanctions on Alexander Dugin in 2015 as a result of his alleged involvement in Russia’s invasion of Crimea.
According to reports, Mr. Putin was greatly influenced by the philosopher’s works, and many in the Kremlin consider him to be the principal creator of the ultra-nationalist worldview.
Mr. Dugin has advocated for Russian military intervention in Ukraine for years and has urged on Moscow to act more assertively on the international stage.
Analysis of Putin ally’s daughter dead:
Despite not being a state official himself, Alexander Dugin is a significant political figure in Russia.
His anti-Western, ultranationalist mentality has dominated Russian politics and influenced President Putin’s expansionist foreign policy, particularly with regard to Ukraine.
Now the focus will be on the perpetrator of this attack. The author Denis Pushilin “The “head” of the self-declared pro-Russian “Donetsk People’s Republic” has already accused Ukraine of being to responsible, saying on Telegram: “Vile villains! In an effort to kill Alexander Dugin, the terrorists of the Ukrainian state destroyed his daughter. a vehicle. Daria is a true Russian girl, and we treasure her memory!”
Incidents like this will make officials in Moscow nervous, especially in the aftermath of a series of explosions and attacks in occupied Crimea and in Russian regions near the border with Ukraine.
Kremlin propaganda consistently stresses how Vladimir Putin has brought security and stability in Russia following the turbulent 1990s, when car bombs and assassinations were commonplace. This car bomb in the Russian capital undermines that narrative.
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