Car blast kills daughter of man known as ‘Putin’s brain’

Russia-Ukraine war: Car bomb kills daughter of man dubbed ‘Putin’s brain’Video/Al Jazeera

The daughter of an influential Russian political theorist often referred to as “Putin’s brain” has been killed in a car bombing on the outskirts of Moscow, authorities said.

The Moscow branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee said preliminary information suggested that TV commentator Daria Dugina, 29, was killed by a bomb in the SUV she was driving.

No immediate claim was made, but the bloodshed raised suspicions that her father, Alexander Dugin, was the intended target, a nationalist philosopher and writer.

Dugin is a prominent proponent of the concept of the “Russian World”, a spiritual and political ideology that emphasizes traditional values, the restoration of power in Russia and the unity of all Russian peoples around the world. He is also a strong supporter of Russia’s decision to send troops to Ukraine.

Neo-Eurasian thinker Alexander Dugin in his TV studio in central Moscow, Russia.Photo/Francesca Ebel, Associated Press, Archives  Car blast kills daughter of man known as ‘Putin’s brain’
Neo-Eurasian thinker Alexander Dugin in his TV studio in central Moscow, Russia.Photo/Francesca Ebel, Associated Press, Archives

The explosion happened when his daughter was returning from a cultural festival with him. Some Russian media reports, citing witnesses, said the SUV belonged to Dugin, who at the last minute decided to get in another vehicle.

Moscow’s unusually graphic violence could fuel tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Denis Pushilin, the president of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, blamed “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime for trying to kill Alexander Dukin” in an area that is the focus of Russia’s fighting in Ukraine.

Mikhailo Podoljak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, denied Ukraine’s involvement, saying: “We are not a criminal state, unlike Russia, definitely not a terrorist state.”

Investigators work at the scene of the explosion in the car driven by Daria Dugina outside Moscow.Photo/Russia Investigative Committee via The Associated Press  Car blast kills daughter of man known as ‘Putin’s brain’
Investigators work at the scene of the explosion in the car driven by Daria Dugina outside Moscow.Photo/Russia Investigative Committee via The Associated Press

Former Putin adviser and analyst Sergei Markov told Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti that Dugin, not his daughter, may have been the intended target, saying: “It is clear that the most likely suspect is the Ukrainian military. Intelligence Service and Ukrainian Security Service. Service.”

While Dugin’s exact relationship to Russian President Vladimir Putin is unclear, the Kremlin has often echoed his writings and remarks on Russian state television. He helped popularize the concept of a “new Russia” or new Russia, which Russia used to justify the 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to react directly to the vivid violence, unusual for Moscow.Photo/Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, via The Associated Press  Car blast kills daughter of man known as ‘Putin’s brain’
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to respond directly to the vivid violence, unusual for Moscow.Photo/Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, via The Associated Press

He preaches Russia as a country of piety, traditional values ​​and authoritarian leadership, with contempt for Western liberal values.

His daughter expressed similar sentiments and worked as a commentator on the nationalist TV channel Tsargrad, where Dugin was editor-in-chief.

Dugina herself was sanctioned by the United States in March for her role as editor-in-chief of United World International, a website the United States has called a source of disinformation. The sanctions announcement cited an article by United World this year that said Ukraine would “die” if it was accepted into NATO.

Dugina “has been at the forefront of the confrontation with the West, like her father,” Shagler said yesterday. .

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