Darya Dugina: Car bomb kills daughter of ‘spirit guide’ of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine – Russian media
Investigators have opened a criminal investigation into the murder of Darya Dugina, saying that around 9 p.m. local time on Saturday, near the village of “Bolshiye Vyazemy, an explosive device, believed to be planted in the Toyota Land Cruiser, detonated on a road public and the car caught fire,” the press service of the Russian investigative commission said, according to TASS.
“The driver died at the scene. We have established the identity of the deceased: she is journalist and political analyst Daria Dugina,” he added in a post on Telegram, using an alternate spelling. of his first name.
Andrei Krasnov, leader of the social movement Russky Gorizont (Russian Horizon) and personal acquaintance of the woman’s family, told TASS on Sunday that Dugina was killed when her car caught fire following an explosion.
Krasnov said he knew Dugina personally, and the car she was traveling in belonged to her father. He believed Alexander was the real target of the blast, or possibly both, Tass reported.
“It’s his father’s car,” Krasnov told TASS. “Dasha (Darya) drives another car, but she drove her car today, and Alexander left separately.”
“The flames engulfed him completely”
When Dugina “turned onto the Mozhaiskoye highway near the village of Bolshiye Vyazemi, there was an explosion, the car immediately caught fire,” Krasnov told TASS.
“The flames engulfed her completely. She lost control because she was driving at high speed and flew across the road,” Krasnov added, as quoted by TASS.
Footage of the aftermath of the blast began circulating on Russian social media on Saturday, appearing to show a burning vehicle on the side of the road and shattered car parts strewn around the area. CNN is unable to independently verify the footage.
In the meantime, forensic experts, investigators and explosives engineering experts are inspecting the scene.
“Based on the results of the inspection, a number of exams will be appointed, including forensic engineering, explosives engineering and molecular genetics. All possible versions of the crime are being reviewed,” a said the press service, according to TASS.
Dugina, the daughter, was born in 1992 and studied philosophy at Moscow State University, according to TASS.
In March 2022, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Dugina for her contribution to an article on the United World International (UWI) website suggesting that Ukraine would “perish” if admitted. to NATO. Dugina was the editor of UWI.
She claimed in a recent interview with the Russian news channel, 1RNK, that the atrocities that occurred during the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian town of Bucha were American propaganda, chosen because of its phonological similarity to ” butcher,” a word she links to the United States. President Joe Biden called Putin a “butcher” on March 29.
His father was also sanctioned by the United States in 2015 for being responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability or sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine.
In a 2017 interview with CNN, Dugin pointed out many similarities between his ideas and those of former US President Donald Trump. He called Trump’s inauguration speech “like I was going to write it myself.”
He also said that Putin was an inspiration to Trump, “kind of an example to challenge the status quo, to challenge conventional wisdom, to challenge all these totalitarian principles of globalists and ultra-liberals.”
CNN’s Alex Stambaugh contributed to this report.