© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Flowers and candles are positioned subsequent to a portrait of media commentator Darya Dugina, who was killed in a automotive bomb assault, in Moscow, Russia August 22, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Picture
LONDON (Reuters) – Darya Dugina, the daughter of a distinguished Russian nationalist ideologue, was killed on Aug. 20 when a automotive bomb ripped by way of the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving.
WHO WAS BEHIND THE KILLING?
– U.S. intelligence businesses consider elements of the Ukrainian authorities authorised the assault close to Moscow, the New York Instances reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified officers.
America took no half within the assault, both by offering intelligence or different help, the Instances quotes officers as saying.
– Russia blamed Ukraine for the assault.
Simply two days after the homicide, Russia’s Federal Safety Service (FSB) stated it had solved the case, naming a Ukrainian girl it stated had trailed Dugina for weeks, rented an house in her housing advanced and planted the automotive bomb earlier than fleeing Russia to Estonia – all with Kyiv’s backing.
Per week later, the FSB stated it had recognized a second member of a Ukrainian “sabotage and terrorist group” that was concerned within the killing, releasing CCTV footage of a person who it stated helped assemble the automotive bomb in a rented storage in Moscow, secured faux paperwork and Kazakh quantity plates for the principle perpetrator and in addition left to Estonia hours earlier than the homicide.
– Ukraine has rejected Russia’s claims as “propaganda” and stated the assassination might be the results of an inner energy wrestle amongst Russia’s elite.
WHO WAS DUGINA?
Dugina, 29 on the time of her demise, was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a distinguished Russian nationalist.
Dugina was additionally distinguished in Russia’s ultra-conservative nationalist circles and was a fierce backer of Russia’s struggle in Ukraine, frequently showing on state TV channels as a pro-war commentator.
In March, the US sanctioned Dugina, saying she was concerned in a disinformation media outlet managed by Yevgeniy Prighozin, the founding father of the Wagner Non-public Army group and nicknamed “Putin’s Chef”.
In a message to her household, President Vladimir Putin stated Dugina was a “brilliant, proficient particular person with an actual Russian coronary heart – variety, loving, sympathetic and open”. He known as her homicide a “vile, merciless crime”.
WHO IS DUGIN?
Dugin has been a long-time agitator for the revival of a Russian empire, and has advocated Moscow annex Ukraine and different Russian-speaking elements of the previous Soviet Union.
He has no official ties to the Kremlin and hypothesis continues about his affect and connections to Putin.
America first sanctioned Dugin in 2015, saying he was a frontrunner of the Eurasian Youth Union, which Washington stated recruited individuals with army and fight expertise to struggle on behalf of the Donetsk Individuals’s Republic.
America says Dugin has unfold Russian ultra-nationalist propaganda.
Dugin instructed mourners his daughter had died for Russia.
Acquaintances initially stated they believed Dugin was the goal of the assault and that the pair had been attributable to journey in the identical Toyota Land Cruiser that was focused till a final minute change of plan.