Car explosion near Moscow kills journalist close to Putin
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Victim is the daughter of philosopher Alexander Dugin, an ideologue who serves as an inspiration for Vladimir Putin.

Darya Dugina, the daughter of a supporter of Vladimir Putin, died in an explosion on Saturday night. The BBC says that the two, father and daughter, were returning to Moscow after having attended a festival where they were invited.

Philosopher Alexander Dugin, an ideologue who serves as an inspiration for Vladimir Putin, was supposed to travel with his daughter, but at the last minute decided to go in a different car. So he escaped unharmed, but journalist Darya Dugina, also a supporter of the Russian President, died in the explosion of the vehicle.

Authorities are already investigating the case and believe the explosion was premeditated.

An amateur video posted on social media, with an image reproduced by The Odessa Journal website, allegedly shows Dugin in shock near the burning car and fire engines.

The BBC, which references the footage, said it had not been able to independently verify the video. Investigators confirmed that Daria Dugina died at the scene, near the village of Bolshiye Vyazemy.

No suspect was immediately identified, but the separatist leader of Donetsk (eastern Ukraine), Denis Pushilin, accused the “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime” of having “tried to kill Alexander Dugin”, according to the US news agency AP.

Eurasian Movement leader Alexander Dugin, 60, has been described in the West as “Putin’s brain” and “spiritual guide” for the invasion of Ukraine, which the Russian President ordered on February 24, although it is not known whether he is in contact with the Russian leader.

A supporter of the invasion of Ukraine, like her father, Daria Dugina was sanctioned by US and British authorities, who accused her of contributing to disinformation regarding the war initiated by Russia.

In an interview in May, she described the war in Ukraine as a “clash of civilizations” and expressed pride that she and her father had been sanctioned by the West, according to the BBC.

Alexander Dugin was also targeted by US sanctions in 2015 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Dugina was a political commentator for the nationalist television channel Tsargrad.

“Dasha, like her father, has always been at the forefront of the confrontation with the West,” the channel said Sunday, using the familiar form of the commentator’s name.

Source: With Agencies

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