Daria Dugina was the daughter of Aleksandr Dugin, a prominent political ally of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who died on August 21, 2022, when she was driving her father's car and it exploded.
Her father has been described as the primary architect of Russia's 2015 Invasion of Crimea, and its 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. In reaction her father had been placed under economic sanctions by various nations, in 2015. Following the invasion of Ukraine, and her own strong public support of that invasion, both the United States and the United Kingdom placed Daria herself under sanctions.
Russian authorities initiated a murder investigation almost immediately after the explosion. According to members of her family Daria had borrowed her father's car at the last minute, and died in an assassination attempt targetting him.
Career as a political analyst and commentator
Dugina had been employed by the International Eurasian Movement, an organization lead by her father. She had been the chief editor of United World International, a website her organization maintains.
On June 13, 2022, an American ex-patriate named John Mark Dougan interviewed Dugina on board a Russian vessel in Mariupol's harbor, as they elebrated Russia's capture of the Ukrainian port city. He appeared to agree to hear claims that Ukrainians were committing war crimes, against their own civilians, with NATO support.
Death and legacy
Dugina and her father were attending a cultural event, described as centering around the Arts and traditional Russian values. Accounts differ over how she ended up driving the car with the bomb, when observers seem to concur it was her father who was the assassination target. Leo Sands, of the BBC News, reported that her father was going to leave the event with Dugina, but changed vehicles at the last moment. The New Indian Express reported she borrowed one of her father's cars, at the last minute.
- "Did daughter of Aleksander Dugin, known as 'Putin's brain', die in Moscow car accident?". New Indian Express. 2022-08-21. https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2022/aug/21/did-daughter-of-aleksander-dugin-known-as-putins-brain-die-in-moscow-car-accident-2489795.html. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "According to several Russian media reports, an explosion preceded the accident involving the Land Cruiser Prado vehicle."
- Rustam Roy (2022-08-21). "Alexander Dugin's daughter killed in car bomb attack: Who is Darya Dugina?". Wion News (Moscow). Archived from the original on 2022-08-21. https://web.archive.org/web/20220821125529/https://www.wionews.com/world/alexander-dugins-daughter-killed-in-car-bomb-attack-who-is-darya-dugina-508788. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "Darya Dugina graduated from Moscow State University and specialised in Neoplatonism. Darya was reportedly influenced by Plato and Marxist writer Antonio Gramsci. She was a vocal supporter of the Ukraine war and described Putin's "special military operation" against Kyiv as a 'clash of civilisations'."
- "Daughter Of 'Putin's Brain' Ideologue Dugin Killed In Car Explosion". Radio Free Europe. 2022-08-21. Archived from the original on 2022-08-21. https://web.archive.org/web/20220821132349/https://www.rferl.org/a/daughter-kremlin-idealogue-dugin-killed-car-explosion/31997791.html. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "In March, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned Dugina for acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of the United World International (UWI) website, of which she was the chief editor. The treasury said Dugina also contributed to a UWI article suggesting Ukraine would "perish" if it is admitted to NATO." mirror
- "Ukraine Live Updates: Russia Opens Murder Investigation After Blast Kills Daughter of Putin Ally". New York Times. 2022-08-21. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/08/21/world/ukraine-russia-news-war. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident. Russian news media said that associates of Mr. Dugin believed that he, not his daughter, was the target."
- "Car Bomb Kills Daughter of Kremlin Hardline Ideologue". The Moscow Times. 2022-08-21. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/08/21/car-bomb-kills-daughter-of-kremlin-hardline-ideologue-a78619. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "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."
- "In the state of war, one needs to talk and Russia wants a constructive dialogue: Dr. Daria Dugina, Political Analyst". Republic Media. 2022-02-27. Archived from the original on 2022-02-27. https://web.archive.org/web/20220227145402/https://twitter.com/republic/status/1497948120076144644. Retrieved 2022-08-21.
- John Mark Dougan (2022-06-13). "As you asked! An interview with Daria Dugina, Alexander Dugin's Daughter" (video). You Tube (Mariupol). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azn8X1e9xtE. Retrieved 2022-08-21.
- Leo Sands (2022-08-21). "Darya Dugina: Daughter of Putin ally killed in Moscow blast". BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62621509. Retrieved 2022-08-21. "The pair were due to leave the venue in the same car, before Mr Dugin reportedly made a decision at the last minute to travel separately."