The daughter of a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin was killed in an explosion on the outskirts of Moscow on Sunday, and authorities are now looking into the incident.
According to a statement released by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, journalist and political scientist Daria Dugina was killed when an explosive device planted under her Toyota Land Cruiser detonated.
Alexander Dugin, a prominent political philosopher and vocal proponent of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, had a daughter named Dugina.
Dugin, who advocated for a more “powerful” and “aggressive” Russia, has been featured on Russian state television and has been called “Putin’s brain” by many.
In March, the United States imposed sanctions on Dugin for his support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and on Dugina for her work at a media outlet the United States claims spreads disinformation.
On the Russian nationalist channel Tsargrad, Dugina was a radio commentator and news anchor.
According to The New York Times, British officials sanctioned Dugina last month for being a prominent “contributor of disinformation related to Ukraine and the Russian invasion of Ukraine on various online platforms.”
On the Saturday before the explosion, Dugin and his daughter were reportedly present at a nationalist festival in Russia dubbed “Traditions.”
Ukraine has officially denied any responsibility for the blast.
An adviser to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Sunday during a televised address, “Ukraine certainly had nothing to do with yesterday’s explosion.” Unlike the Russian Federation, we are not a criminal state, much less a terrorist one.
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