Daughter of key Putin adviser reportedly killed in car bombing

It has been nearly six months since Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine and the country continues to be rocked by regular bombings.

Yet, Ukraine isn’t the only place where bombs are exploding, as an explosion near Moscow this weekend reportedly killed the daughter of one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s key advisors.  

According to The New York Times, 29-year-old television commentator Daria Dugina died on Saturday evening when her Toyota Land Cruiser blew up approximately 20 kilometers outside Russia’s capital city.

“Putin’s brain”

Dugina was the daughter of Aleksandr Dugin, a political philosopher who has sometimes been described as “Putin’s brain.” A profile of Dugin published in 2014 by Foreign Affairs magazine described his ideological outlook as being “anti-Western, anti-liberal, totalitarian, ideocratic, and socially traditional” while promoting “a mystical, spiritual, emotional, and messianic worldview.”

“Dugin believes that the Eurasian state must incorporate all of the former Soviet states, members of the socialist block, and perhaps even establish a protectorate over all EU members,” it stated.

National Review reported that Dugin has released a statement through his friend Konstantin Malofeev in which he blamed Ukraine for the “terrorist attack” which “brutally killed” his daughter.

Dugin responded to her death by calling on Russian troops to push ahead in Ukraine, saying, “Our hearts yearn for more than just revenge or retribution.”

“That would be too small, not according to Russia’s style. We only need our Victory. My daughter laid her maiden life on [victory’s] altar. So win, please!”

Ukraine denies role

The Times noted that although Russia blamed Ukraine for the bombing, no one has taken responsibility for it and the Ukrainian government has denied having any involvement.

Mykhailo Podolyak serves as an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and he was quoted as saying on Sunday that “Ukraine certainly had nothing to do with yesterday’s explosion.”

What’s more, Podolyak went on to insist that Ukraine’s government is “not a criminal state like the Russian Federation, much less a terrorist one.”

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