According to Russian investigators, the daughter of right-wing nationalist ideologue Alexander Dugin was killed in a suspected assassination attempt near Moscow. “The identity of the dead has been clarified – it is the journalist and political scientist Darya Dugina,” said the national investigative committee on Sunday in Moscow.
The 29-year-old was considered a fervent supporter of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. According to reports by Moscow media, she was on Britain’s sanctions list for spreading propaganda and false news about the invasion ordered by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin on February 24.
According to investigators, Dugina’s car exploded on Saturday evening while driving in a suburban settlement in Moscow region. Investigators released a video of the experts working on site. According to initial findings, an explosive device was mounted on the vehicle, which detonated.
There were videos of the burning vehicle on social networks. It will be determined in different directions, it said in the statement of the investigators. They left open whether the assassination attempt could have been aimed at Dugina’s father.
As reported by Russian media, citing family members, he was probably the real target. Accordingly, he had lent her the car, a Toyota Land Crusier, for the trip.
According to a report by the Russian news agency Interfax, Dugin and his daughter attended the patriotic festival “Tradition” together on Saturday, which is supported by a presidential foundation. “It was planned that father and daughter leave the festival together, but Darja drove alone in the vehicle,” says Interfax.
The government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta also reported that father and daughter went to a festival and Dugin only decided at the last moment to get into another car.
The father of the dead, the ultra-nationalist intellectual and publicist Dugina, who is also well networked with right-wing extremists in Europe, is repeatedly portrayed by the media and authors as a whisperer or as the “brains” of Russian President Putin and as a source of ideas for the attack on Ukraine designated.
Dugin has long espoused an ideology that aims to unify Russian-speaking areas into a new Russian empire. Based on this conviction, he also supports the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Dugin has been on the EU sanctions list since the annexation of the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in 2014. Several of his books are banned in Ukraine.