Car bomb kills daughter of ‘spiritual guide’ to Putin’s Ukraine invasion


The daughter of influential Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin was killed when an explosive device, thought to be installed in the car she was traveling in, exploded near Moscow, Russian investigators said Sunday.

Investigators have opened a criminal case into the murder of Darya Dugina, saying at around 9.00 p.m. local time on Saturday, near the village of “Bolshiye Vyazemy, an explosive device, presumably installed in the Toyota Land Cruiser, went off on a public road and the car caught fire,” the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee said.
“The female driver died at the scene. We established the identity of the deceased: it is journalist and political analyst Daria Dugina,” it added in a post on Telegram.
Andrei Krasnov, head of the Russky Gorizont (Russian Horizon) social movement and a personal acquaintance of the woman’s family, said on Sunday that Dugina was killed when her car caught fire following an explosion.
Krasnov said he knew Dugina personally and that the car she was traveling in belonged to her father. He believed Alexander was the true target of the blast, or possibly both of them, Tass reported.
“It’s her father’s car,” Krasnov said. “Dasha (Darya) drives another car, but she drove his car today, and Alexander went separately.”
The senior Dugin is a far-right Russian author and ideologue, credited with being the architect or “spiritual guide” to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He is purported to have significant influence over Russian President Vladimir Putin and is frequently described as “Putin’s Brain.”
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