‘Dead for Russia’: Putin ally’s daughter hailed as ‘martyr’ | Russia–Ukraine War

Hundreds of people bid farewell to Darya Dugina, the daughter of a prominent right-wing political thinker in Russia, at her funeral after she was kill in a car bomb attack, hailing her as a martyr.

The 29-year-old was the daughter of ultra-nationalist Alexander Dugin, who spoke at a farewell ceremony on Tuesday, saying in a broken voice that his daughter “died for the people, is dead for Russia”.

“The enormous price we have to pay can only be justified by the highest achievement: our victory,” he said, standing beside his daughter’s coffin, his black-and-white portrait placed behind. “She lived for victory and she died for victory. Our Russian victory, our truth, our Orthodox faith, our state.

Russian political scientist and ideologue Alexander Dugin mourns his daughter Darya Dugina, who was killed in a car bomb attack, during a memorial service in Moscow, Russia August 23, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
She lived for victory and she died for victory. Our Russian Victory, Our Truth, Our Orthodox Faith, Our State,’ Alexander Dugin said at a memorial service in Moscow [Maxim Shemetov/Reuters]

The Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia has accuses Ukraine to have organized the murder, but Kyiv denied it.

Dugina was killed when a remote-controlled explosive device placed in her SUV detonated Saturday night as she was driving on the outskirts of Moscow, tearing up the vehicle and killing her on the spot, authorities said.

His father Alexander Dugin is a philosopher, writer and political theorist known for his Support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his decision to send troops to Ukraine. It is widely believed that he was the intended target of the bombing. Russian media quoted witnesses as saying the SUV belonged to Dugin and that he decided at the last minute to travel in another vehicle.

Wednesday will mark the sixth anniversary of Russia’s “special military operation”. Dugina’s death has sparked calls for revenge among the Russian elite, and the US Embassy in Kyiv has warned of a possible increase in Russian military strikes.

Flowers and candles are placed next to a portrait of media commentator Darya Dugina, who was killed in a car bomb attack, in Moscow, Russia August 22, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Flowers and candles are placed next to a portrait of media commentator Darya Dugina, who was killed in a car bomb attack, in Moscow, Russia [File: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters]

“I consider this a barbaric crime for which there can be no forgiveness,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“I hope that the investigation will be completed quickly and, from the results of this investigation, of course, there can be no mercy for the organizers, those who commissioned this and the perpetrators,” he said. he told reporters.

Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov reiterated the denial on Monday night, saying “our special services have nothing to do with it.”

Russian President Putin expressed his condolences to Dugin and his wife in a letter, denouncing the “cruel and treacherous” murder and saying that Dugina “honestly served the people and the fatherland, proving what it means to be a patriot of Russia by his actions”. He posthumously awarded Dugina the Order of Courage, one of Russia’s highest medals.

The FSB said a Ukrainian citizen, Natalya Vovk, committed the murder after arriving in Russia in July with her 12-year-old daughter and renting an apartment in the building where Dugina lived in order to follow her. He said that Vovk and his daughter were at the nationalist festival which Dugin and his daughter attended.

The agency said Vovk drove to Estonia after the murder, using a different license plate for his vehicle. On Monday, the FSB released surveillance camera footage showing her allegedly going in and out of Russia, along with a close-up of her allegedly outside the entrance to the Moscow building where Dugina lived.

The FSB also released photos of his vehicle with different license plates.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu rejected the Russian request, saying in televised remarks that “we see this as an example of provocation in a very long series of provocations by the Russian Federation, and we do not have nothing more to say about it at this time”.

Dugin, who is known as “Putin’s mastermind” and “Putin’s Rasputin” to some in the West, has been a strong supporter, calling for a restoration of Russia’s global influence and rejecting liberal Western values. Her daughter shared similar views as she had appeared as a commentator on the Tsargrad TV channel, where Dugin had been editor-in-chief.

Dugin was slapped with the United States and the European Union punishmentswhile Dugina was sanctioned by the United States in March for her work as editor of United World International, a website Washington has described as a source of misinformation.

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