Russia has alleged a Ukrainian ‘spy’ was behind a car bomb attack on the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s Rasputin-esque ‘guru’ advisor.
Putin loyalist Alexander Dugin, 60, accused Ukraine of carrying out the attack on his daughter, Darya Dugina, 29, on Saturday night in a bombing believed to be intended for him.
Dugin today demanded ‘more than just revenge or retribution’ for his daughter’s death, with Russia’s feared FSB spy agency claiming the SBU – Kyiv’s special forces – were behind the murder.
The FSB has alleged that a Ukrainian spy called Natalia Vovk, born in 1979, carried out the hit.
Vovk is said to have arrived in Russia on July 23 with her daughter Sophia Shaban, 12, before driving a Mini Cooper to spy on Dugina.
Ukraine has strongly denied any role in the killing in Moscow, accusing the Kremlin of a ‘false flag’ operation to blame Kyiv.
Dugin said in revenge for the attack, Putin’s men must secure a victory against Ukraine in the war.
Dugin’s comments came after it emerged he had strongly criticized Putin shortly before Dugina was ripped to pieces in the attack.
In response to his comments, there had been an online campaign to disparage Dugin in the days before the bombing.
The revelations add to the theory that Dugina was killed by Russian special services or other forces loyal to Putin.
Putin today expressed his ‘sincere condolences’ to Dugina’s family, writing in a message: ‘A vile, cruel crime ended the life of Daria Dugina, a bright, talented person with a real Russian heart – kind, loving, sympathetic and open.’
Alexander Dugin – father of 30-year-old Darya Dugina who died in the car explosion late on 20 August 2022 in Moscow region – is shown at the explosion site
Denis Pushilin, head of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine, branded the authors of the ‘attack’ ‘vile villains’.
(Pictured: Darya and Alexander Dugin)
But Russia’s feared FSB spy agency claimed the SBU – Kyiv’s special forces – were behind the murder and alleged a woman called Natalia Vovk (left), born in 1979, carried out the hit.
Vovk is said to have arrived in Russia on July 23 with her daughter Sophia Shaban, 12, before driving a Mini Cooper (right) to spy on Dugina
Russia’s feared FSB spy agency claimed the SBU – Kyiv’s special forces – were behind the murder and alleged a woman called Natalia Vovk (pictured: her identity card), born in 1979, carried out the hit
The charred jeep where Darya Dugina, 30, was killed by an explosion on 20 August. 30-year-old Darya Dugina died in the car explosion late on 20 August 2022 in Moscow region
Dugin, a Russian ultranationalist and fascist who has fantasies of rebuilding a vast new empire across Europe and Asia, was taken to hospital after his daughter was killed in the alleged assassination attempt on his life.
He was travelling on a highway near the village of Bolshiye Vyazyomy just outside the capital on Saturday but decided to travel in a different car to his daughter, avoiding death only by chance
Moscow investigators yesterday confirmed an explosive device was planted under the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Dugina was driving.
Reports say the bomb may have been detonated by remote control.
It contained 400 to 800g of TNT, with some experts saying it was the equivalent to ‘a simultaneous explosion of six grenades’.
Russia’s FSB claimed Vovk, believed to be a member of Kyiv’s SBU, carried out the attack on Dugina.
‘A Mini Cooper was used to spy on the girl [Dugina].
Numbers were changed on it three times – the license plates of the DPR, Kazakhstan and Ukraine were used,’ reported SHOT media.
The report stated: ‘On the day of the crime, Vovk and her daughter arrived at the Tradition festival, and after a controlled explosion on August 21, they left through Pskov to Estonia.’
The Russian Investigative Committee is said to be examining this version of events.
But others have claimed Dugin and Dugina were targeted by agents loyal to Putin after it emerged that the ultranationalist had strongly criticised the Russian leader shortly before the car bombing.
Seven hours before the attack, Dugin had issued a vitriolic online post on Telegram saying that the war in Ukraine was now more important than Putin’s presidency.
Dugin had claimed the war and ‘desperate resistance of the Atlanto-Nazi regime in Kyiv’ demands from Russia ‘internal transformations’.
The tone was strongly critical of Putin.
‘Increasing attacks on Crimea, attempts to arrange a nuclear explosion in Zaporizhzhya, declarations of a counter-offensive on Kherson, Zelensky’s firm refusal to compromise, the West’s persistence in cutting off all ties with Russia – all these are signs that they have decided to stand until the end,’ he wrote.
‘They can be understood: Russia actually (and this is not propaganda) challenged the West as a civilisation. So we have to go all the way to the end, too.
‘The Supreme Commander-in-Chief [Putin] said that we haven’t really started anything yet.
Now we have to start. Whether you want it or not, we’ll have to.’
He warned: ‘Now the question is not whether the government wants or does not want change. Such changes are simply inevitable – even if you stand to death against their beginning, it will be possible to delay it for no more than six months.
And then they will come anyway.’
Crucially he warned Putin that the military operation, crushing Ukraine and defeating the West ‘is now more important than the power [itself].’
‘The mighty forces of history have come into play, the tectonic plates have shifted.
Let the old regime bury its dead. A new Russian time is coming. And it’s coming irreversibly.’
Respected Russian expert Andrei Piontkovsky said the murder of Dugina was professional, indicating that the Russian secret services are behind it.
‘It is clear these were Russian special services.
Dugin is well-known as an informal spiritual leader of the ultra-fascist party, which has recently been increasingly criticising Putin as ‘not being fascist enough’,’ he said.
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Alexander Dugin’s second wife and Darya’s mother Natalya Melentyeva is pictured right, with Dugin pictured left
Darya Dugina, 29, died in the car explosion late on 20 August 2022 in Moscow region
According to Piontkovsky, Dugin and his accomplices had begun to worry Putin’s entourage, just as Putin is trying in every possible way to freeze the conflict.
But there are growing fears that the attack was conducted by Putin’s own loyal agents amid rumours they want to oust the Russian leader from power.
Frustration and anger is mounting over Russia’s war in Ukraine, with one of Putin’s former commanders even branding the president a ‘clown’ who has been outplayed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Russia has furiously claimed that Dugin had received death threats from ‘Ukrainian nationalists’ before Dugina was ripped to pieces in an attack believed to be intended for her ultranationalist father.
But some experts have suggested that it was Putin’s FSB spy agency that was behind the attack.
Historian Yuri Felshtinsky, author Glimpses of Occultism Blowing up Ukraine, said: ‘The blowing up of the car of the famous Russian fascist and ideologist of the Putin regime, Alexander Dugin, was organized, it seems, by the Russian security services.’
He added: ‘On the latest Russian reports, the bomb was attached to Dugin’s car inside his guarded compound.
Ukraine focuses on military targets, unlike Russia, and there is no discernable gain in attacking one of Putin’s media puppets or allocating scarce operatives inside the Russian Federation to such a goal that is meaningless to the liberation of Ukraine.
‘The Kremlin will, however, likely exploit it to make it seem as if Ukraine is stooping to its own tactics of bombing harmless civilians in Ukraine.’
Former Russian lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev also claimed that the explosion was the work of an unknown Russian group, the National Republican Party.
The existence of the group could not be verified.
He said on Russian TV: ‘A momentous event took place near Moscow last night. This attack opens a new page in Russian resistance to Putinism. New – but not the last.’
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