After the explosions in Crimea and Moscow, some prominent figures in Russian media have called for strikes on Ukrainian command centers.
On Saturday night, a car exploded on the outskirts of Moscow, killing Daria Dugina, the daughter of a Russian ideologue known as “Putin’s brain.”
The Investigative Committee’s Moscow-area branch said in a statement that a bomb had been planted in the Toyota Land Cruiser that caused the explosion. It announced that police had opened a murder investigation and would be collecting evidence.
A close friend of Dugina’s was quoted by Russia’s TASS state news agency as saying that her father, Alexander Dugin, was likely the intended target of the bomb that killed her.
It is widely believed that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy, including the invasion of Ukraine, was heavily influenced by Dugin’s writings.
In tweets and a Telegram message, Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of RT (formerly Russia Today), condemned Dugina’s murder and called for strikes against “decision-making centers” (though she did not specify if she meant in Kyiv or elsewhere).
Her tweet was retweeted by Vladimir Solovyov, a popular host on Russian state television, and other users.
In a separate post, she demanded the arrest of anyone “making fun” of Dugina’s death. Time to take out the trash,” she penned.
Russia’s foreign ministry has suggested Ukraine as a possible attacker.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Telegram, “if Ukraine is responsible, then we should discuss the policy of state terrorism implemented by the Kyiv regime.”
Finally, she said, “We are waiting for the results of the investigation.”
Ukrainian authorities have dismissed allegations of complicity.
An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, stated on Sunday evening television that “Ukraine certainly had nothing to do with yesterday’s explosion.”
An explosion at a Russian military base in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, preceded Dugina’s death this month. Several planes were reportedly destroyed in an explosion at the Saki air base, and another struck the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
According to CNN’s reporting, Ukraine was responsible for the blasts, based on information from a government report that was leaked to the media.
President of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin claimed that “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, trying to eliminate Alexander Dugin” were responsible for the explosion on Saturday.
Evil doers, he said in a Telegram message.
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