Daughter of ‘Putin’s brain’ ideologue killed in car blast

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

The branch of the investigative committee for the Moscow region said Saturday night the explosion was caused by a bomb planted in an SUV driven by Daria Dugina.

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

Dugina 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,” Tsargrad said on Sunday, using the familiar form of her name.

The blast happened when Dugina was returning from a cultural festival she had attended with her father. Some Russian media reports, citing witnesses, said that the vehicle belonged to her father and that he had decided to travel in another car at the last minute.

No suspects were immediately identified. But Denis Pushilin, president of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, which is at the center of Russia’s fighting in Ukraine, blamed it on “trying to kill Ukrainian regime terrorists, Alexander Dugin”.

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