Daughter of ‘Mastermind of Putin’ ideologue killed in car explosion

The daughter of a Russian nationalist ideologue often referred to as the “mastermind of Putin” was killed in a car explosion on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said on Sunday.

The branch of the Investigative Committee for the Moscow region said Saturday night’s explosion was caused by a bomb planted in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina.

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

Dugina expressed similar views and had appeared as a commentator on the nationalist Tsargrad TV channel.

“Dasha, like her father, has always been at the forefront of confrontation with the West,” Tsargrad said Sunday, using the colloquial form of her name.

The explosion took place as Dugina was returning from a cultural festival she had attended with her father. Some Russian media quoted witnesses as saying that the vehicle belonged to his father and that he had decided at the last minute to travel in another car.

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