Daughter of die-hard Putin ally killed in car bomb explosion near Moscow

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Daria Dugina, 30, was killed when a bomb placed in her Toyota Land Cruiser exploded while she was driving on a highway near Moscow

Daria Dugina with her father Alexander Dugin, sometimes called “Putin’s Rasputin” or “Putin’s brain” | ANI Digital / Twitter

The daughter of Alexader Dugin, a hard-line Russian ideologue close to President Vladimir Putin, was killed in a car bomb attack on the outskirts of Moscow, authorities said on Sunday.

According to family members cited by Russian media, Dugin, a staunch supporter of the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine, was likely the target of the blast because his daughter borrowed his car at the last minute, according to reports. of agency.

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Daria Dugina, born in 1992, was killed when a bomb placed in her Toyota Land Cruiser exploded as she was driving on a highway near the village of Bolshie Vyzyomy, about 40 kilometers from Moscow, the commission said. Russian investigation in a press release.

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Open investigation

Dugina died at the scene and a homicide investigation was opened, said the committee, which investigates major crime cases in Russia.

Footage of the aftermath of the blast began circulating on Russian social media on Saturday, appearing to show a burning vehicle on the side of the road and shattered car parts strewn around the area.

Andrei Krasnov, leader of the social movement Russky Gorizont (Russian Horizon) and personal acquaintance of the woman’s family, told TASS on Sunday that Dugina was killed when her car caught fire following an explosion.

Putin’s brain

Dugin, sometimes referred to as “Putin’s Rasputin” or “Putin’s Brain”, is an outspoken Russian ultranationalist intellectual. He has long advocated the unification of Russian-speaking territories into a vast new Russian empire and wholeheartedly supported Moscow’s operation in Ukraine.

He was put on a Western sanctions list after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, a move he also supported.

His daughter Daria was herself a prominent journalist who supported the invasion of Ukraine.

The head of one of Ukraine’s breakaway regions blamed the explosion on Kyiv authorities. “Ukrainian regime terrorists tried to liquidate Alexander Dugin, but blew up his daughter,” DNR chief Denis Pushilin wrote on Telegram.

(With contributions from the Agency)

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