Investigators opened a criminal case in the murder of Daria Dugina, saying that on Saturday at around 9 p.m. local time, “near the village of Bolshaye Vyazemi, an explosive device, possibly installed in a Toyota Land Cruiser, went off on a public road And the car caught fire,” said the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee, according to TASS.
“The female driver died on the spot. We have established the identity of the deceased: it is journalist and political analyst Daria Dugina,” it added in a post on Telegram, using an alternate spelling of her first name.
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 after an explosion.
Krasnov said that he knew Dugina personally and that the car she was traveling in belonged to her father. Tass explained that he believed Alexander was the real target of the explosion, or possibly both.
“This is his father’s car,” Krasnov told TASS. “Dasha (Darya) drives another car, but she drove her car today, and Alexander went away.”
‘The flames completely engulfed it’
“When Dugina “turned on the Mozhaiskoe highway near the village of Bolshaye Vyazemy, there was an explosion, the car immediately caught fire,” Krasnov told TASS.
“The flames completely engulfed it. She lost control because she was speeding and flew off in the opposite direction of the road,” Krasnov was quoted as saying by TASS.
Images from the aftermath of the blast began to circulate on Russian social media on Saturday, showing a vehicle setting ablaze on the side of the road and dismantling car parts scattered in the surrounding area. CNN is unable to independently verify the images.
Meanwhile, forensic experts, investigators and experts in explosives engineering are inspecting the scene.
According to TASS, the press service said, “Based on the results of the inspection, a number of examinations will be appointed, including forensic, explosive engineering and molecular-genetic. All possible versions of the crime are being investigated.”
double, daughter, Was born in 1992 and studied Philosophy at Moscow State University according to TASS.
In March 2022, the US Department of the Treasury of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) approved Dugina for her contribution to an article on the United World International (UWI) website which suggested that Ukraine be admitted to NATO. But it will be “destroyed”. Dugina was the chief editor of UWI.
She claimed in a recent interview with the Russian news channel, 1RNK, that the atrocities during the Russian occupation of the city of Bucha in Ukraine were American propaganda, chosen because of its phonetic similarity with “butcher”, a word Which she links to the US President Joe Biden called Putin a “butcher” on March 29.
Her father was also sanctioned by the United States in 2015 for being responsible for engaging in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, or sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine.
In an interview with CNN in 2017, Dugin commented on the many similarities between his views and those of former US President Donald Trump. He called Trump’s inaugural speech “as if I would write it myself.”
He also said that Putin provided inspiration for Trump, “kind of… to challenge the status quo, to challenge conventional wisdom, to challenge all this totalitarian theories of globalists and ultra-liberals.” For.”
CNN’s Alex Stambaugh contributed to this report.