Daria Dugina died in the explosion of the car she was driving in the Moscow region on Saturday night.
Ukraine on Sunday denied any involvement in the death of the daughter of Russian ultranationalist philosopher Alexander Dugin, considered the ideologue of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Daria Dugina died in the explosion of the car she was driving in the Moscow region on Saturday night, and Russian authorities suspect an attack that could have targeted Alexander Dugin.
“I emphasize that Ukraine has nothing to do with this, because we are not a criminal state like the Russian Federation and we are not a terrorist state,” said Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhail Podoliak, quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE.
President Volodymyr Zelensky’s adviser commented that Russia has begun to “disintegrate internally” and that various groups are clashing in a struggle for power.
As part of this ideological confrontation, “information pressure” in society is growing and the war in Ukraine is being used as an escape route, while nationalist sectors are becoming even more radical, Podoliak added.
Podoliak’s remarks came after the pro-Russian leader of the breakaway Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine accused the Kiev regime of involvement in the alleged bombing that killed Daria Dugina.
“In an attempt to eliminate Alexander Dugin, terrorists of the Ukrainian regime killed his daughter,” wrote Denis Pushilin on the social network Telegram.
Russian Senator Andrei Klishas also called it an “enemy attack” and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice, according to EFE.
The explosion that killed Dugina, 29, occurred when the journalist and political commentator was returning home, after having participated with her father in a festival.
The two were supposed to return from the event in the same car, which belonged to Dugin, but the philosopher ended up traveling in another car, according to violinist Peter Lundstrem, who also attended the festival.
Eurasian Movement leader Alexander Dugin, 60, has been described in the West as “Putin’s brain” and “spiritual guide” in the invasion of Ukraine, 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 started by Russia on February 24.
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.
Source: With Agencies