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Daughter of Putin ally killed in Moscow car bomb

Moscow/Lviv, Aug 21 (EFE).- The daughter of one of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s closest allies was killed in a Moscow car bomb, Russia’s investigative committee reported Sunday.

Darya Dugina, 29, daughter of the leader of Russia’s ultranationalist neo-Eurasia Movement, Alexander Dugin, was killed after a bomb exploded in her car around 9 pm Moscow time on Saturday on the outskirts of the Russian capital, Investigative Committee of Russia, who described her as a journalist and political expert, said.

The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Ukraine’s occupied Donbas region, Denis Pushilin, accused the Kyiv government of orchestrating the attack.

“The terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, trying to eliminate Alexander Dugin, blew up his daughter… In a car,” he wrote on Telegram.

However, Mykhailo Podolyak, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s aide, denied the government’s involvement in the attack.

“I stress that Ukraine has nothing to do with this because we are not a criminal state like the Russian Federation and we are not a terrorist state,” he said in a televised speech.

Russia has started to “disintegrate internally” as a power struggle unfolds among several political groups, he added.

Russian senator Andrey Klishas described the bombing as an “enemy attack” and demanded that the material and intellectual authors of the crime be brought to justice.

Sixty-year-old Alexander Dugin is one of the ideologues who has most influenced the Kremlin’s politics in recent years.

He has been targeted by United States sanctions since 2015 “for being responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

In March 2022, after Russia launched its full-blown offensive in Ukraine, the US and United Kingdom also slapped sanctions on his daughter for her work as chief editor of the United World International (UWI) website, which authorities said was contributing to the spread of online disinformation. EFE


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