Daughter of Kremlin ideologue killed in suspected car bomb attack in Moscow

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The daughter of a Russian nationalist ideologist who is often referred to as “Putin’s brain” was killed when her car exploded on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said Sunday.

The Investigative Committee branch for the Moscow region said the Saturday night blast was caused by a bomb planted in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina.

The 29-year-old was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a prominent proponent of the Russian world concept ideology and a vehement supporter of Russia’s sending of troops into Ukraine.

The “Russian world” is a nationalist idea purportedly meant to unite various nations connected by vaguely-defined “Russianness” under the Kremlin’s banner. 

It is commonly cited as one of the ideological justifications for President Vladimir Putin decision to invade Ukraine in late February.

Dugina expressed similar views and had appeared as a commentator on the nationalist TV channel Tsargrad.

“Dasha, like her father, has always been at the forefront of confrontation with the West,” Tsargrad said on Sunday, using the familiar form of her name.

The explosion took place as Dugina was returning from a cultural festival she had attended with her father. 

Some Russian media reports cited witnesses as saying the vehicle belonged to her father and that he had decided at the last minute to travel in another car.

No suspects were immediately identified. 

Denis Pushilin, president of the separatist Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic in Ukraine’s Donbas, blamed it on “terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, trying to kill Alexander Dugin.”