“Ukraine had nothing to do” with the bombing, says Ukrainian presidential aide
Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian philosopher Alexander Duguin, leader of the Eurasian movement and the Kremlin’s chief ideologue, was killed Saturday in a car bombing in Moscow, the state-run TASS news agency reported.
According to preliminary reports from Russian authorities, a device allegedly installed in a Toyota Land Cruiser exploded as the vehicle was speeding down a public road at around 21.00 local time.
The journalist and political scientist, who is sanctioned by the West in the framework of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, was returning from a cultural festival in Moscow when a bomb detonated in the car in which she was traveling, which belonged to her father.
“He was completely on fire, lost control because he was driving at high speed and flew to the opposite side of the road,” said Andrei Krasnov, an acquaintance of the family, who noted that “the target” was Alexander Duguin.
Russia’s Investigative Committee this morning announced the opening of a criminal case “for the murder of a young woman in a generally dangerous manner” and said in a statement that it is already working on all possible versions of the crime.
For his part, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, has accused Kiev of the explosion that killed Dugina. “Terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, in an attempt to eliminate Alexander Dugin, have detonated his daughter,” he has written on his Telegram account.
However, Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mikhail Podoliak noted that “Ukraine has nothing to do” with the attack, as they are not a “terrorist” state, while stressing that “the retaliatory mechanism” has been launched “within the aggressor country,” as UNIAN reported.
Thus, Podoliak has emphasized that Russia begins to “disintegrate internally.” “The ultra-radicals, to which Duguin himself belonged, are involved in this monstrosity,” he added, as picked up by Ukraine’s Channel 24.
Alexander Duguin, leader of the Eurasian movement, is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Duguin is credited with being the “spiritual guide” for the Russian invasion of Ukraine and is often described as Putin’s “mastermind.” In 2015, he was sanctioned by the United States for his alleged involvement in the Russian annexation of Crimea.
His daughter, Dugina, was born in 1992 and studied philosophy at Moscow State University. Earlier this year, U.S. and British authorities sanctioned her for contributing to disinformation about the Ukrainian war.