Lee Heidhues 8.21.2022
(UPDATED with link to video report by Deutsche Welle)
The Dogs of War are relentless and uncompromising.
There are no innocent bystanders in War.
Darya Dugina, daughter of Vladimir Putin’s hard line adviser, was killed in a car bombing on the outskirts of Moscow. War has many collateral victims. It eventually impacts those who are responsible for the carnage.
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine (excerpted from Wikipedia)
Dugina was an outspoken supporter of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. In particular, she claimed that the war crimes against Ukrainian civilians by the Russian army during the invasion were staged. In June 2022, she visited occupied Donetsk and Mariupol. On 4 July 2022, she was sanctioned by the British government, which accused her of being a “frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation in relation to Ukraine and the Russian invasion of Ukraine on various online platforms”. She responded by saying that she is an ordinary journalist and should not have been sanctioned.
Excerpted from Moscow Times 8.21.2022
The daughter of Alexader Dugin, a hardline Russian ideologue close to President Vladimir Putin, has been killed in a car bombing on Moscow’s outskirts, authorities said on Sunday.
Dugin, sometimes called “Putin’s Rasputin” or “Putin’s brain,” is an outspoken Russian ultra nationalist intellectual.
Dugina has long advocated the unification of Russian-speaking territories in a vast new Russian empire and wholeheartedly supported Moscow’s operation in Ukraine.
According to family members quoted by Russian media, Dugin — a vocal supporter of Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine — was the likely target of the blast as his daughter borrowed his car at the last minute.
Darya Dugina was killed when a bomb placed in her Toyota Land Cruiser went off as she drove on a highway near the village of Bolshie Vyzyomy, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) outside Moscow, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.
Dugina, a journalist born in 1992 who herself openly supported the offensive, died at the scene and a homicide investigation has been opened, said the committee, which probes major crime cases in Russia.
In July Britain put her on a list of sanctioned Russians for allegedly spreading online disinformation about Ukraine.
He was put on a Western sanctions list after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, a move he also backed.
The head of one of Ukraine’s breakaway separatist regions blamed the blast on Kyiv authorities. “The Ukrainian regime terrorists tried to liquidate Alexander Dugin, but blew up his daughter,” DNR chief Denis Pushilin wrote on Telegram.
Ukrainian presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak denied that Kyiv authorities were behind the bombing.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Telegram that “if the Ukrainian theory is confirmed… and it must be verified by competent authorities, it will amount to state terrorism on the part of the Kyiv regime.”
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Attached is a link to video report by Deutsche Welle 8.21.2022