Daughter of “Putin’s Brain” Alexander Dugin killed in car explosion

The lively and violent incident, unusual for Moscow, is likely to escalate hostility between Russia and Ukraine.

MOSCOW, Russia – The daughter of a Russian nationalist ideologue, often dubbed “Putin’s brain,” was killed when her car exploded on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said on Sunday.

The department of the Moscow Region Investigative Committee said Saturday night’s explosion was caused by a bomb placed in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina.

The 29-year-old was the daughter of political theorist Alexander Dugin, a prominent proponent of the concept of the “Russian world” and a staunch supporter of Russian troops being sent to Ukraine.

Dugin’s exact ties to President Vladimir Putin are unclear, but the Kremlin often repeats the rhetoric from his writings and appearances on Russian state television. He helped popularize the concept of “Novorossiya” (New Russia), which Russia used to justify the annexation of Crimea and its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

He promotes Russia as a country of piety, traditional values ​​and authoritarian leadership and despises Western liberal values.

Dugina made a similar statement and had appeared as a commentator on the nationalist TV station Tsargrad.

She was sanctioned by the United States in March for her work as editor-in-chief of United World International, a website the US has described as a disinformation site. The sanctions announcement cited a UWI article earlier this year that claimed Ukraine would “go under” if admitted to NATO.

“Like her father, Dasha was always at the forefront of confrontation with the West,” Tsargrad said Sunday, using the familiar form of her name.

The explosion happened when Dugina was returning from a cultural festival she attended with her father. Some Russian media reports cited witnesses who said the vehicle belonged to her father and that he decided at the last minute to travel in another car.

The lively and violent incident, unusual for Moscow, is likely to escalate hostility between Russia and Ukraine.

No suspects were immediately identified. But Denis Pushilin, president of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, which is at the heart of Russia’s fighting in Ukraine, blamed it on “terrorists from the Ukrainian regime trying to kill Alexander Dugin.”

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, denied Ukraine’s involvement, saying on national television: “We are not a criminal state, unlike Russia, and we are definitely not a terrorist state.”

Analyst Sergei Markov, a former Putin adviser, told Russia’s state news agency RIA-Novosti that Alexander Dugin, not his daughter, was likely the intended target, saying: “It is perfectly obvious that the most likely suspects are the Ukrainian Military Intelligence and the Ukrainian Security Service are .”

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Laura Coffey

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