Daughter of Putin’s hardliner ally killed in car bomb blast near Moscow

Thirty-year-old Daria Dugina was killed when a bomb placed in her Toyota Land Cruiser went off as she drove on a highway near Moscow

Daria Dugina with her father Alexander Dugin, sometimes called "Putin's Rasputin" or "Putin's brain" | ANI Digital / Twitter

The daughter of Alexader Dugin, a hardline Russian ideologue close to President Vladimir Putin, has been killed in a car bombing on Moscow’s outskirts, authorities said on Sunday.

According to family members quoted by Russian media, Dugin, a vocal supporter of Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine, was the likely target of the blast as his daughter borrowed his car at the last minute, say agency reports.

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Daria Dugina, born in 1992, was killed when a bomb placed in her Toyota Land Cruiser went off as she drove on a highway near the village of Bolshie Vyzyomy, some 40 kilometres outside Moscow, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Investigation opened

Dugina died on the scene and a homicide investigation has been opened, said the committee, which probes major crime cases in Russia.

Images from the aftermath of the explosion began circulating on Russian social media Saturday, appearing to show a vehicle on fire at the side of the road and smashed car parts strewn across the surrounding area.

Andrei Krasnov, head of the Russky Gorizont (Russian Horizon) social movement and a personal acquaintance of the woman’s family, told TASS on Sunday that Dugina was killed when her car caught fire following an explosion.

Putin’s brain’

Dugin, sometimes called “Putin’s Rasputin” or “Putin’s brain,” is an outspoken Russian ultranationalist intellectual. He has long advocated the unification of Russian-speaking territories in a vast new Russian empire and wholeheartedly supported Moscow’s operation in Ukraine.

He was put on a Western sanctions list after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, a move he also backed.

His daughter Daria was herself a prominent journalist who vocally supported the invasion of Ukraine.

The head of one of Ukraine’s breakaway separatist regions blamed the blast on Kyiv authorities. “The Ukrainian regime terrorists tried to liquidate Alexander Dugin, but blew up his daughter,” DNR chief Denis Pushilin wrote on Telegram.

(With Agency inputs)

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