A Moscow car bombing that killed the daughter and ally of Vladimir Putin was committed by Ukrainian special forces. Russia’s security services claimed that the attack was carried out by Russian security personnel.
She rented an apartment and researched Darya Dugina from there. On Saturday, she attended an event in Moscow where the pair were present.
After a controlled explosion on the Toyota Land Cruiser Ms Dugina was riding in, which belonged her father, the FSB claimed that the suspect fled to Estonia.
Ukraine denies being involved and blames internal power struggles among “various political parties” in Russia for the attack.
“Thirsting for revenge”
In his first public statement after the death of his daughter, Ms Dugina’s father also pointed fingers at Ukraine.
Video footage had captured Mr. Dugin looking horrified as his hands gripped his head after the explosion.
He said, “Our hearts don’t just thirst for revenge or retribution. Our victory (against Ukraine) is all that we need.
“My daughter has given her life for the cause of victory. Please win!
He said that a memorial service would take place on Tuesday at Moscow’s TV center.
According to reports, Mr Putin paid tribute Ms Dugina for being a Russian patriot.
Russian news sites published an image of her assassin, and linked her to Ukraine’s security forces. She was accused of being part of the Azov battalion unit, which Russia has declared a terrorist organization.
According to the FSB, she was quoted as having driven a Mini Cooper around Moscow to spy on Ms Dugina. She also had three sets of license plates for this purpose to avoid detection.
According to TASS, Russian law enforcement agencies placed the woman, who was said to be born in 1979, on their wanted list. Moscow sought her extradition from Estonia.
“Not the most obvious target”
An ex-diplomat had questioned the claims that Ukraine was behind the murder.
Sky News was told by Sir Tony Brenton, ex-ambassador of the UK to Russia. He said it was “quite possible” and that the father was likely the target.
He stated that Russia is a tightly controlled state right now, and for a state they are at war with to organize a car bombing attack in Moscow – bang at the centre of Russian security concerns- seems like a tough order.
Dugin would not be the most obvious target if they were able to do it. They could have chosen to go after other, more powerful Russians.
Sir Tony didn’t rule out the possibility that the daughter, who appeared on state television to support Russia’s actions against Ukraine, may have been the target. She shared her father’s right-wing views but said Mr Dugin was “a much more well-known figure than she is”.
Sir Tony said that there are many conspiracy theories, including the possibility of a Russian partisan group responsible or Russian nationalists doing the bombing to get the government tougher during the war.
Sir Tony stated, “It remains uncertain and is subject to investigation.”
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Dugin has been calling for the unification and expansion of Russian-speaking territories into a new Russian empire.
Sir Tony stated that it was not clear how much Mr Dugin had influence on the Russian leader. However, they agreed on the view that Russia is the greatest nation in the world and that Russia has kept its greatness by including key Slavic Nations like Ukraine. Therefore, the Russian actions against Ukraine are entirely justified.
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He said that Putin was likely to be “a disappointed man” regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The progress has been slow, despite the Russian artillery superiority.
Sir Tony stated, “It seems like the war’s heading towards and may already be at a standstill.”