‘She died for Russia’: Hundreds mourn slain daughter of pro-Kremlin ideologue

Hundreds of mourners gathered on Tuesday for the Moscow funeral of Daria Dugina, the adult daughter of a prominent nationalist philosopher, after she was killed in a car bombing that Moscow blames on Kyiv.

Her father Alexander Dugin – a staunch supporter of the Kremlin’s military campaign in Ukraine – is believed to have been the likely target of Saturday’s attack which killed his 29-year-old daughter.

Speakers at Dugina’s funeral portrayed her as a dead martyr for her country and for her victory in the war against Ukraine.

“She lived in the name of victory and she died in the name of victory – our Russian victory,” Dugin said at the ceremony, his daughter’s black-and-white portrait displayed above an open coffin .

“She died for the people, for Russia,” Dugin said, adding that she “came to the altar.”

Dugin also said his daughter would have been happy to receive the Order of Courage that President Vladimir Putin awarded her posthumously on Monday.

Mourners, who included high-profile politicians, parliamentary leaders and state media journalists, paid their respects to Dugina at Moscow’s Ostankino TV center, where security and a police presence were boosted before the event.

“She did not die in vain… With the blood of our martyrs, we become stronger,” said monarchist TV tycoon Konstantin Malofeyev, a close friend of the family.

“It is because of this untimely death of our dear and beloved Dasha that we will definitely win this war,” added Malofeyev, the founder of the Orthodox TV channel Tsargrad, where Dugina worked as a journalist.

Dugina was killed on Saturday night when a bomb planted in her car exploded as she was driving on a highway outside Moscow.

A leading political commentator, Dugina had been sanctioned by Washington and London for spreading disinformation about Ukraine.

His assassination took place at the end of the sixth month of the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Moscow blamed Kyiv for the murder – an allegation denied by Ukraine.

During the funeral ceremony, Sergei Mironov, the leader of the A Just Russia – For the Truth party, claimed that the attack had been approved by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky himself and called for retaliation.

“The fascist rabble must be destroyed in its lair. The lair is Kyiv,” Mironov said.

Leonid Slutsky, the leader of Russia’s nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, predicted that streets and squares would be named after Dugina.

“One country. One president. One victory,” Slutsky said at the ceremony, a statement that observers Noted echoes an infamous quote from Hitler.

Kremlin-linked tycoon Yevgeny Prigozhin, believed to be the leader of the Wagner mercenary group fighting in Ukraine, was also seen at the event wearing the Hero of Russia badge that Putin reportedly awarded him in a secret decree this summer.

“Russian patriotism, Russian power cannot be destroyed,” he said.

AFP contributed reporting.

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