Russia’s investigative committee says that a car bomb on the outskirts of Moscow killed the daughter of an ultranationalist Russian ideologue who influenced Putin.
Darya Dugina, whose father is Russian political commentator Alexander Dugin, died when the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving exploded 12 miles (20 km) west of the capital near the village of Bolshiye Vyazemy at about 9.30 pm local time (1930 BST).
According to reports, witnesses saw debris flying as the car caught fire and crashed into a fence.
The investigative committee wrote: “An explosive device allegedly installed in a Toyota Land Cruiser exploded at full speed on a public highway.” “The woman driver died instantly. Darya Dugina, a journalist and political scientist, has died.
Andrey Krasnov, a friend of Dugina’s and the leader of the social movement Russian Horizon, confirmed the news.
The bomb may have been for her father, he said.
“The father’s car. Darya usually drives another car, but today she took Alexander’s. He returned to the tragedy’s site. Krasnov said Alexander or both were the targets.
112 said Dugin and his daughter were at an event outside Moscow and were supposed to return together until he decided to go alone.
Social media footage showed him distressed at the scene.
Pro-Kremlin officials immediately blamed Kyiv. Margarita Simonyan, head of state-funded RT, said “they blew up Dugin’s daughter” and called for attacks on Kyiv’s “decision-making centers.”
The self-proclaimed, Russian-controlled Donetsk People’s Republic blamed the Ukrainian government for Dugina’s death.
“Murderers!” The Ukrainian regime’s terrorists killed Alexander Dugin’s daughter. Auto. Daria is a real Russian girl!
Dugin’s view of Russia’s place in the world is extreme right. “Russian fascist” who helped shape Putin’s expansionist foreign policy
Dugin and his daughter are sanctioned for destabilizing Ukraine. The UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation called Dugina a “frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation online about Ukraine and the Russian invasion.”
The US Treasury blacklisted her as the site’s chief editor because they said it was owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a friend of Putin.
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