Journalist and political scientist Daria Dugina, 29, the daughter of Russian ultra-nationalist ideologue Alexander Dugin, has been killed in a car bomb attack outside Moscow, according to a Russian investigative committee. The Guardian newspaper reports. The explosion took place at 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, 20 kilometers west of the capital.
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According to the Russian news agency Tass, the car is owned by his father and the attack was directed at him. Dugina was driving the car. According to Russian media, Dugin and her daughter had been at a scheduled conference at an event taking place outside Moscow and were due to travel back together, but decided to go separately at the last minute. Different pro-Russian media have broadcast images of the scene immediately after the explosion, in which a large fire can be seen on the side of the road and multiple pieces of rubble on the asphalt. In one such video, a person, who appears to appear to be Alexander Dugin, appears at the site of the explosion, observing the effects of the explosion and holding his head in his hands.
The government agency Investigative Committee of Russia has announced this Sunday that it has opened an investigation into the murder. In addition, it has reported that “the explosive device” that blew up the car “was placed under the lower part of the car on the driver’s side” and that “Daria Dugina, who was driving, died at the scene.” The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, directly accused the kyiv government of being behind the attack. “In an attempt to eliminate Alexander Dugin, the terrorists of the Ukrainian regime have killed his daughter,” the pro-Russian leader wrote on Telegram, reports EFE.
An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodímir Zelensky denied on Sunday that kyiv was involved in the attack. “I emphasize that Ukraine has nothing to do with this, because we are not a criminal state like the Russian Federation, nor are we a terrorist state,” said adviser and negotiator with Russia Mijailo Podolyak in televised statements collected by the EFE agency.
During the morning of Sunday, forensic experts “continue to inspect the scene of the incident,” reports the Investigative Committee of Russia, “with the participation of an explosives specialist, they examined the burned car, which was later transferred to a specialized parking lot.” “Expert examinations are appointed, including biological, genetic, physical-chemical, explosive forensic examinations, a video recording of the car’s DVR is seized, an order is sent to the operational services to identify the perpetrators of the crime and other witnesses of the fact ”, the Russian agency reported in a statement posted on your website. “Taking into account the data already obtained, the investigation believes that the crime was previously planned and is tailor-made,” they add.
Russian ultranationalist ideology
The work of Alexander Dugin, 60, is inspired by Russian Christian nationalism, an ideology that coincides with Putin’s worldview and is linked to American Christian nationalist activism. Dugin has become a benchmark for the extreme right beyond Russia. He is often portrayed as “the ideologue” or “the philosopher” of Putin. He was originally an anti-communist dissident and, in recent years, has promoted a vision of a resurgent Russia, whose main enemy is an “Atlantic” alliance led by the United States and which has greatly influenced the Kremlin. Dugin wants to restore a “Great Russia” made up of a “Eurasian union” that leads the international stage.
Dugin has been under US sanctions since 2015 for “actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, or sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine.” His daughter was also sanctioned by both the US and the UK for “contributing to disinformation regarding Ukraine and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on various online platforms.”