The daughter of a Russian ideologue, who is without doubt one of the most outstanding supporters of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, died in a automobile bombing exterior Moscow on Saturday evening.
Russian investigators mentioned Daria Dugina, a nationalist journalist and political analyst, died after the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving exploded exterior Odintsovo, a suburb about 20km west of Moscow.
The automobile belonged to her father Alexander Dugin, whom she had accompanied whereas he gave a lecture at a competition exterior the capital earlier on Saturday. The far-right thinker had deliberate to journey together with his daughter after the lecture however determined to vary automobiles, Andrei Krasnov, a pal of Dugina’s, advised state newswire Tass.
The bomb was positioned beneath the automobile on the motive force’s aspect and killed Dugina on the spot, investigators added, indicating “the crime was deliberate upfront on [someone’s] orders”.
It was not instantly clear who planted the bomb and why they focused Dugin, a well-known however marginal determine, or his daughter.
Ilya Ponomarev, a former Russian MP who now lives in Kyiv, mentioned he had been contacted by Russian antiwar partisans who claimed duty for the assault.
Ponomarev, who as soon as had shut ties to the Kremlin earlier than he embraced the opposition to Putin and was expelled from parliament, claimed he was in contact with a “Nationwide Resistance Military” and mentioned they’d dedicated “many different partisan acts” behind enemy strains.
The previous MP, who turned a Ukrainian citizen in 2019, didn’t present any proof for his declare or the existence of “Nationwide Resistance Military.” He learn out a manifesto for the group during which it vowed to “destroy” Putin’s “accomplices”.
The assault got here after Ukraine appeared to mount a collection of more and more daring assaults in Russian-seized territory and a whole bunch of miles behind the entrance line in mainland Russia in latest weeks.
However Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, denied Kyiv was concerned within the assault. “Ukraine has completely nothing to do with this as a result of we aren’t a prison state like Russia, or a terrorist one at that,” he advised Ukrainian tv.
Maria Zakharova, Russia’s international ministry spokeswoman, mentioned if Ukraine’s involvement was confirmed, “then we have to begin speaking a few coverage of state terrorism enacted by the Kyiv regime”.
Dugin’s associates and outstanding supporters of the warfare known as for Russia to retaliate towards Kyiv, whereas Krasnov added: “She took his automobile immediately, whereas Alexander went another way. He returned, he was on the website of the tragedy. So far as I perceive, Alexander or in all probability they collectively have been the goal.”
112, a information channel on the social media app Telegram, posted a video of Dugin standing on a street strewn with flaming particles, holding his head in his palms after apparently witnessing the explosion.
Dugina, 29, is the primary high-profile supporter of Putin’s invasion to be killed within the environs of Moscow, the place life has largely gone on as regular regardless of western sanctions geared toward sapping the Kremlin’s warfare efforts.
Russian state tv personalities known as on Moscow to retaliate towards Ukraine for the assault, with out offering proof of its involvement.
“Daria’s despicable homicide is an indication of the enemy’s cowardice and powerlessness. His loss of life throes. He can’t battle honourably, so he kills one of the best of us,” mentioned Konstantin Malofeyev, a tycoon who bankrolls a nationalist information channel the place each Dugin and Dugina beforehand labored. “The enemy will reply for this very quickly.”
Margarita Simonyan, editor of the information channel RT the place Dugina was an occasional visitor, repeated a name to strike “the decision-making centres” in Kyiv and mentioned she had spent a number of months beneath guard after threats have been made to her life.
The vows of reprisals added to fears in Kyiv of Russian assaults forward of Ukraine’s independence day on Wednesday.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s president, warned on Saturday that “Russia could attempt to do one thing notably nasty, one thing notably merciless” in his nightly tackle.
“We should all be robust sufficient to withstand any enemy provocations, as a lot because it takes to make the occupiers reply for all their blows and terror,” Zelenskyy added.
Dugin based the Eurasia motion, which advocates for a revanchist Russian imperialism to assist Moscow assert larger management over its European and Asian hinterlands.
A former dissident thinker within the Soviet period, Dugin’s writings discovered an viewers amongst some hardline senior members within the safety providers, then appeared to offer inspiration for Putin’s determination to annex Crimea and begin a slow-burning warfare in japanese Ukraine’s Donbas area in 2014.
Although Dugin’s affect over Putin was generally overstated — he misplaced his instructing place at Moscow’s principal college and his appearances on state tv have been curtailed — the US and Canada sanctioned him in 2015 after his Eurasia motion recruited volunteers to battle in Ukraine’s japanese Donbas area.
Dugina, who labored alongside her father within the Eurasia motion, had sanctions imposed towards her in March by the US and UK over her work operating a Russian propaganda web site. The UK described her as a “frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation” concerning the invasion of Ukraine.
Extra reporting by Roman Olearchyk in Kyiv