Russia launches murder investigation after car bombing kills daughter of key Putin aide

Journalist and political expert Daria Dugina, daughter of Russian politician Alexander Dugin, is pictured at the Tsargrad TV studio in Moscow, Russia, in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters on August 21, 2022.

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The country’s main investigative body said in a statement that the daughter of the Russian ultra-nationalist, often referred to as the “brain of Putin”, was killed on Saturday after an explosion in her car in a possible contract murder.

Russia’s investigative committee said in a statement posted on its Telegram channel that Daria Dugina “died on the spot,” after a Toyota Land Cruiser exploded in Bolshaye Vyazemy, a small village southeast of Moscow. Was being

“The investigation is of the view that the crime was pre-planned and is of a contractual nature,” the statement said. Investigators had “established that the explosive device was placed under the car on the driver’s side.”

The statement said that the investigation into the murder has been started.

NBC News could not independently verify this information.

Dugina, 29, was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a leading proponent of the “Russian world” concept ideology and a strong supporter of sending Russian troops to Ukraine.

Russian politician Alexander Dugin gestures as he addresses the “Battle for Donbass” rally in support of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in Moscow, Russia October 18, 2014.

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Although Dugin does not hold an official government position, he is believed to have influence over the Russian president. Vladimir Putin,

His daughter had expressed similar views and appeared as a commentator on the nationalist TV channel Zargrad.

“Dasha, like her father, has always been at the fore of confrontation with the West,” Zargrad said on Sunday, using the familiar form of her name, The Associated Press reported.

Separatist leader Denis Pushilin Donetsk People’s Republic Blamed it on “trying to kill the terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, Alexander Dugin”.

However, Mykhailo Podolik, adviser to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, denied on Sunday that his country was involved in the death. “We are not a criminal state,” he said on Ukrainian television.

Investigators work outside Moscow at the site of an explosion of a car driven by Daria Dugina.

AP. Via Russia’s Investigative Committee

The US Treasury said in a news release last week that Dugin was first sanctioned by the United States in 2015 and was the leader of the Eurasian Youth Union, which is recruiting fighters to fight on behalf of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Were were

His daughter Dugina was the editor-in-chief of the website “United World International”, which suggested that Ukraine would “perish” if admitted to NATO, and was also approved by the US Treasury in March.

The UK government also called him a “frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation related to Ukraine” when it approved him in July. “Dugina therefore supports and promotes policies or actions that destabilize Ukraine or undermine or endanger the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine,” it said in a statement.