Daughter of Putin ally killed in suspected car bombing

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The daughter of an ultra-nationalist Russian ideologue who advocates Russia’s absorption of Ukraine was killed in a suspected car bombing outside Moscow on Saturday night, state investigators said on Sunday. Russian state.

Darya Dugina, daughter of prominent ideologue Alexander Dugin, was killed after a suspected explosive device detonated on the Toyota Land Cruiser she was traveling in, Moscow region investigators said in a statement.

Russian state news agency TASS quoted Andrei Krasnov, someone who knew Dugina, as saying the vehicle belonged to his father and he was likely the intended target.

The father and daughter were attending a festival outside Moscow and Dugin decided to change cars at the last minute, Russian government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported.

Television footage accompanying the statement showed investigators collecting debris and fragments from where the explosion occurred.

Investigators, who described Darya Dugina as a journalist and political expert, said they had opened a murder case and would be carrying out forensic examinations to try to determine exactly what happened.

They said they were considering “all versions” when it came to determining who was responsible for the crime.

Alexander Dugin, Darya’s father, long advocated the unification of Russian-speaking and other territories into a vast new Russian empire.

He wants that empire to include Ukraine where Russian forces are currently conducting what Moscow calls a “special military operation” to demilitarize Ukraine.

The influence of Dugin, who is on a US sanctions list, over Russian President Vladimir Putin has been the subject of speculation, with some Russian observers saying his influence is significant and others calling it minimal.

Darya Dugina, who also went by the surname Platonova and who Russian state media said was 30, widely supported her father’s ideas and appeared on state television on her own to offer her support for Russian actions in Ukraine.

In a March statement, the US Treasury said Dugina, the editor of the United World International website, which suggested Ukraine would “perish” if admitted to the NATO military alliance, had been placed on a US sanctions list.

(Reuters)

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