Assassination of Daria Dukina: Speech of her father close to Vladimir Putin during her funeral in Moscow

Journalist and political scientist Daria Dugin was killed when her car exploded in the Moscow region on Saturday evening. She is the daughter of Alexander Dakin, an ideologue close to Vladimir Putin.

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BHundreds of people gathered in Moscow on Tuesday for the funeral of the daughter of an ultranationalist ideologue who supported the attack in Ukraine, killed in a car explosion that Moscow blames on Kyiv.

Daria Douguina was killed Saturday evening when the vehicle she was driving exploded on a road near Moscow. She is 29 years old. A journalist and political scientist, she was the daughter of Alexandre Duguin, an ultranationalist ideologue and writer promoting imperialism. Like his father, he was a staunch supporter of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

“Died at the Front for the Nation”

On Tuesday, hundreds of people, including relatives and politicians, gathered in front of Daria Douguina’s coffin, above which hung a smiling portrait of her, AFP noted.

“He died on the front line for the nation, for Russia. First, here it is,” said Mr. Dakin in a trembling voice, his eyes darkening.

Less than 48 hours after Daria Dukhina’s death, the Russian Security Services (FSB) concluded on Monday that the attack was prepared and carried out by Ukrainian intelligence services. Kyiv has denied any involvement.

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Vladimir Putin’s reaction

In an obituary, Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned a “hateful, heinous crime” that “prematurely ended the life of Daria Dukina, a brilliant and talented person with a true Russian heart”. Mr. Putin also posthumously awarded her an important decoration, the Order of Courage.

A promoter of “Eurasism”, the imperialist doctrine advocating an alliance between Europe and Asia under the leadership of Russia, Alexander Dugin has been targeted by EU sanctions since 2014. A media personality and polyglot, he is influential in part of the European far-right.

Nicknamed “Putin’s Brain” by some media, Mr. Dakin is sometimes portrayed as close to the Russian president. But the latter never publicly supported him and many observers put his influence in the Kremlin into perspective.

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