According to reports from Russia, Darya Dugina, the daughter of Putin adviser and Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin, was killed in a car bomb blast in Moscow. It is believed that the attack was actually aimed at him.
Although many details remain unclear and open, it seems as if an assassination attempt aimed at Russian ideologue, Putin ally and adviser to the Russian head of state, Alexander Dugin, failed and instead killed his daughter Darya. Dugin’s daughter was reportedly “blown to bits” near the Moscow suburb of Bolshiye Vyazyomy. Her father originally planned to drive her back from a festival, but then decided to drive in a different car, like her Daily Mail and other media reports.
Andrey Krasnov, the head of the Russian Horizon movement and a friend of the family, told the Russian news agency TASS that the vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser, belonged to Alexander Dugin and that the female driver of the car was his daughter Darya. “Yes, a very unfortunate event; I knew Darya personally,” Krasnov told the news agency. The exploded car belonged to Alexander Dugin, he explained. “That was the father’s vehicle. Darya drove another car, but she took his car today while Alexander took a different route. He returned, he was at the scene of the tragedy. As far as I know, Alexander or probably both together were the target,” Krasnov said.
According to Russian media reports, 29-year-old Darya and her father were on their way home from a literature and music festival. According to this, she was already behind the wheel for around ten minutes before the bomb exploded. Other people close to Dugin and his family also told the Russian media that the attack was apparently aimed at Alexander Dugin, his daughter, or both.
Dugin is the former editor-in-chief of the pro-Putin Tsargrad TV channel and is often portrayed in Western media as the “mastermind” of the invasion of Ukraine and an intellectual/philosopher influential in post-Soviet nationalism in Russia. His daughter explained on Russian television that Ukrainians “are not people” and that “they all deserve to die”. This also leads to speculation that the Ukrainian secret service could be behind this action.
It seems that Putin’s immediate circle could now be targeted by the Ukrainian secret service in order to increase the pressure on the Russian president. Kyiv (as well as Washington and London) can hope that some of Putin’s allies will turn their backs on the Russian head of state and that Putin’s power will crumble.