Investigative Committee of Russia via AP
MOSCOW — An explosion on the outskirts of Moscow has killed the daughter of a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Daria Dugina, 29, was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser on Sunday when the vehicle exploded. The Russian authorities have opened a criminal investigation.
She was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, often called “Putin’s mastermind”. Dugin is a prominent Russian nationalist intellectual whose vision of a resurrected Russian empire came to influence Putin’s war in neighboring Ukraine.
Dugin was placed on Western sanctions lists as a key supporter of the Kremlin’s forced annexation of Crimea into Ukraine in 2014. He also backed Russia’s decisions to send more troops to Ukraine. early this year.
Several of Dugin’s allies immediately suggested he was the target of the blast and blamed the Ukrainian government, which denied any role in the incident.
Mykhailo Podolyak, senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said Dugina’s death was the result of Russia’s internal instability, not military action by his country.
He added that this is a consequence of his support for the war.
“Each person is supposed to pay for their words,” Podolyak said in Ukrainian.
For more than a decade, father and daughter advocated for the invasion of Russia. They have repeatedly said that Russia can only prosper if Ukraine is destroyed.