Daughter of Top Putin Ally Killed in Car Explosion

The daughter of a top ally of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was killed Saturday night in a car explosion near Moscow.


The daughter of a top ally of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was killed Saturday night in a car explosion near Moscow.

  • Darya Dugina, 29, was killed driving her father’s Toyota Land Cruiser home from a festival when a suspected car bomb blew up the vehicle.
  • Dugina was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a prominent Russian political theorist and ardent advocate of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nicknamed “Putin’s brain.”
  • Russia’s investigative committee believes Dugin was the target of the attack and blamed Ukraine for the incident. Ukrainian officials denied any involvement in the bombing.
  • Dugin and his daughter are prominent ideologues who championed destroying Ukraine and absorbing it into the Russian Federation.
  • Alexander Dugin promotes the “Russian World” nationalist ideology and both father and daughter believed Russia must engage with a “confrontation with the West.”


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  • The New York Times wrote that although Ukraine has disavowed involvement in the attack, pro-Kremlin commentators on Russian state TV demanded revenge, “injecting new uncertainty into a war that has lasted nearly six months.”
  • The Washington Post noted Dugin is “a scathing critic of the United States” and also earned the moniker “Putin’s Rasputin.” Dugin doesn’t work for the Russian government but his ideas appear to have permeated the high echelons of the Russian state.
  • The Guardian wrote Dugin and Dugina were both sanctioned by the United States and the United Kingdom for “acting to destabilize Ukraine.” The UK called Dugina a “frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation in relation to Ukraine and the Russian invasion of Ukraine on various online platforms.”



  • FOX News reported that Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Ukrainian people on Sunday about concerns Russia could attack a Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, The potential attack, if successful, could cause devastating damage and would be “particularly nasty, something particularly cruel,” according to Zelensky.
  • The New York Post shared a reported video of Dugin arriving at the scene of the bomb blast apparently meant for him in a state of shock.
  • The Wall Street Journal noted the apparent car bomb comes amid suspected Ukrainian attacks on Russian territory and Russian-occupied Crimea and just days before Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday. Ukrainian officials warned Russia could launch new attacks to coincide with the Ukrainian national holiday.

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