Russia accuses Ukraine of murdering daughter of Putin ally – POLITICO

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Monday that it had “solved” the murder of the daughter of Russian ideologue and ally of Vladimir Putin, Alexander Dugin.

The crime “was prepared and committed by the Ukrainian secret services”, according to an FSB press release relayed by Russian press agencies. He added that the author was Natalia Vovk, a Ukrainian citizen. The claims were presented without evidence and could not be independently verified.

Darya Dugina was killed in a car explosion on Saturday night after leaving a literary festival near Moscow. She attended the event with her father, who was allegedly the target of the attack. She was driving her father’s car, who took another vehicle at the last minute, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The security agency also claimed that the alleged attacker, along with his daughter, fled to Estonia on Sunday after the attack.

In a statement, the Estonian Foreign Ministry said it could not verify the Russian allegation. “Border services are checking if there is any truth. This is an FSB claim and they haven’t found any proof yet,” he said.

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board told POLITICO: “We can only share information about people entering or leaving Estonia in cases provided for by law – the charges of the Russian FSB, which we are received through the media, are not included. We have not received any official request for information from Russia on this subject.

Mykhailo Podolyak, senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, fired the FSB affirmed on Monday and said that Russia lives in a “fictional world”. “The vipers of the Russian special services have started an intraspecific fight,” he added.

The statement from the Russian intelligence agency included details of the alleged plot, including that Vovk and her 12-year-old daughter arrived in Russia in July and rented an apartment in Moscow in the same building as Dugina to gather information on her, and that she used a Mini Cooper to spy on him.

Russian President Putin expressed his “sincere condolences” on Monday, in a message released by the Kremlin, and said a “despicable and cruel” crime ended the life of Dugina, whom he called “a person brilliant and talented with a real Russian heart”.

Dugin – once called “Putin’s mastermind” – is no longer as close to the Russian president as he once was, but his ultra-nationalist stances and ideas underpin many more recent nationalist shifts in Russia. His daughter, a prominent propagandist, was also a strong advocate of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Dugin issued a statement on Monday through his close ally Konstantin Malofeev, a Russian businessman and ultra-nationalist. He called his daughter’s murder “a terrorist attack carried out by the Ukrainian Nazi regime”, echoing the Kremlin’s false claim that Ukraine is controlled by fascists. And he called for an escalation of Russia’s war against the country.

“Our hearts yearn for more than just retribution,” he said. “We only need our victory.”

Christopher Miller in Kyiv and Victor Jack contributed reporting.


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