Russia: what we know about the car bomb attack that killed the daughter of Alexander Dougin, far-right ideologue and close to the Kremlin

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At the wheel of her father’s car, the Russian political scientist and journalist, Daria Dougine, died in the explosion of the machine. According to relatives, it was Alexander Dougin, defender of the invasion of Ukraine and close to the Kremlin, who was hit. The investigation is ongoing, but already Russian officials are accusing Ukrainian forces.

On Saturday evening, a car bomb attack caused the near death of Daria Dougine, daughter of Alexandre Dougine, Russian ultra-nationalist ideologue in the Kremlin. While she was driving her father’s car, the device exploded near Moscow: according to family members, the intellectual was directly targeted and not his daughter. We take stock of the course of events and the first elements of the investigation.

Where did the explosion take place?

The attack took place on Saturday evening around The victim was driving his father’s car, a Toyota Land Cruiser, when it exploded before catching fire on a highway. “The young woman was reportedly killed at the scene,” the statement read.

According to relatives of the family, quoted by Russian news agencies, it was the ultra-nationalist intellectual and writer Alexander Dougin, 60, who was hit by the explosion. While the two were returning together by car from a festival in Dugin, in the capital’s suburbs, Alexander Dougin is said to have decided to change cars at the last minute, reports the Russian government newspaper. Rossiiskaya Gazeta (in Russian), cited by Franceinfo.

Who is Alexander Dougin, Putin’s backer?

Alexander Dougin is a far-right intellectual and writer, an ardent defender of the “Eurasist” doctrine that would allow for an alliance between Europe and Asia under Russian leadership. Since 2014, it has been the target of EU sanctions imposed in the wake of Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Although he never held an official position in the Kremlin, he is described as the architect, even the “spiritual guide” of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In recent years, Kyiv had also banned several of his works, including “Ukraine. My War. Geopolitical Journal” and “Eurasian Revenge of Russia”.

The influence that Alexander Dougin would exert on the Russian president also earned him his nickname “Putin’s brain”.

Who was his daughter, victim of the attack?

Born in 1992, Daria Dougine was a journalist and political scientist. A defender, like her father, of Russian ultranationalism and Russian imperial expansion, she had spoken publicly in favor of the invasion of Ukraine. According to information from France Télévisions in Moscow, she had participated in a press trip organized by the Russian army in Donbass.

Last March, CNN recalls, the United States sanctioned her after the publication on the United World International (UWI) website, where she was editor-in-chief, of an article suggesting that Ukraine would “perish” if she were admitted. to NATO. She was on the US-sanctioned “Russian elite list” in March 2022 following the Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine.

Where is the survey?

According to the investigators, an explosive device was placed in the vehicle, and everything indicates that “the crime was planned in advance and ordered”, emphasizes the press release. An investigation into “murder” has been opened, the Russian Investigative Committee adds. All indications are that “the crime was planned in advance and ordered”, confirmed the committee.

But already now, the reactions of Russian officials, in connection with the war in Ukraine, do not wait for the possible sponsors of this attack. The leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), self-proclaimed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, on Sunday accused the Ukrainian forces of being behind the murder of Daria Dugin. “Terrorists from the Ukrainian regime tried to liquidate Alexander Dugin, but blew up his daughter,” Pushilin said on Telegram.

“If the Ukrainian track is confirmed and it has to be verified by the competent authorities, it will be the policy of state terrorism introduced by the Kiev regime”, commented on Telegram, the spokesperson of the Russian diplomacy Maria Zakharova. Kiev was quick to respond to these accusations: “Undoubtedly, Ukraine had nothing to do with yesterday’s explosion because we are not a criminal state,” said a Ukrainian presidential adviser, Mikhaïlo Podoliak.

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