The United States believes that Ukrainian agents were behind the murder of the daughter of a man close to Putin

Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin attends a farewell ceremony for his daughter Daria Dugina, who was killed in a car bomb explosion the previous week, at the Ostankino television center in Moscow on August 23, 2022. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/)

US intelligence believes Ukrainian government agents authorized the car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Daria Dougina, daughter of the renowned Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin, a man very close to President Vladimir Putin.

US intelligence agents consulted by New York Times they clarified that the United States did not participate in the attack or provide information or assistance. In addition, they said, they did not know that the operation was going to be carried out and they made it known to Ukrainian officials that they did not agree with the operation.

When the attack occurred, Ukraine denied any involvement in the operation. However, since the beginning of the conflict, kyiv has shown prowess in reaching Russia, infiltrating and conducting sabotage operations.

The United States fears that these types of attacks will generate some kind of retaliation from Moscow, which could carry out similar operations against high-ranking Ukrainian officials. Furthermore, they believe that the target of the attack was not Dugina but her father, the powerful and influential Aleksandr Dugin, who urges Moscow to intensify its war against Ukraine and has been one of the main defenders of an aggressive and imperialist Russiareported New York Times.

The US official did not provide details on which unit of the Ukrainian government carried out the attack or how it was carried out. Washington constantly pressures kyiv to share its plans in the war. However, US intelligence acknowledged that they often know more about the Russians’ war plans than the Ukrainians.

FILE PHOTO: Journalist and political pundit Darya Dugina, daughter of Russian political scientist Alexander Dugin, in the studio of Tsargrad TV in Moscow, Russia, in this undated photo obtained by Reuters on August 21, 2022. Handout via REUTERS
FILE PHOTO: Journalist and political pundit Darya Dugina, daughter of Russian political scientist Alexander Dugin, in the studio of Tsargrad TV in Moscow, Russia, in this undated photo obtained by Reuters on August 21, 2022. Handout via REUTERS (TSARGRAD.TV/)

In addition, Washington also does not know in depth the dynamics of the power insiders in Ukraine, which include members of the army, and the security and intelligence services. For this reason, they believe that members of the Ukrainian government were unaware of the plans for the attack.

However, the Ukrainian government has quietly acknowledged its involvement in the assassination of Russian officials in Ukraine and the sabotaging of Russian factories and arms depots.

At the end of August, the Russian president Vladimir Putin denounced as a “despicable crime” the murder of de Dugina.

A despicable, cruel crime put an early end to the life of Daria Duguina, a brilliant and talented person endowed with a truly Russian heart.”, declared Putin.

The president added that the journalist and political analyst “demonstrated with her actions what it means to be a patriot of Russia.”

Who was Darya Dugina

Darya Platonova Dugina was 30 years old, a philosopher graduated from Moscow State University specializing in Neoplatonism, and engaged in journalism as a skilled political commentator.

Passionate about the ideas of Plato and neoplatonic thinkers, Dugina claimed that they were authors who can provide clues about current events. He also claimed the writings of the Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci and his ideas on “hegemony.” In an interview he stated that “The main battle today is not so much military as cultural”. In addition, the heritage of Jean Baudrillard and Martin Heidegger stood out.

On June 4, it was included in the list of those sanctioned by the United Kingdom in the framework of the West’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. She had been sanctioned for “providing support or promoting policies to destabilize Ukraine.”

“The fact that we are subject to sanctions is also a symbol that the Dugins are on the path of truth in the fight against globalism. Therefore, I would say that it is an honor to have been born in such a family,” he declared on May 25 in a report on the portal. Breizh-info where he also considered that several Latin American countries “have not adopted a globalist position.”

And he argued: “Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro declared that his country adheres ‘firmly’ to Russia’s position. In Cuba, during a May Day demonstration, people were seen carrying Russian flags and Z symbols, German network ZDF reported. Argentina accused the West of having double standards. The country’s vice president, Cristina Kirchner, said the country was in conflict with London over the Malvinas Islands. In Brazil, the presidential candidate Lula da Silva said in turn that the Ukrainian leader Volodimir Zelensky is responsible for what is happening in his country”.

In that report, moreover, Dugina stated that he worked as a “political observer of the International Eurasianist Movement” and expert in international relations. “My field of activity is the analysis of European politics and geopolitics. As such, I appear on Russian, Pakistani, Turkish, Chinese and Indian television channels presenting a multipolar world view of political processes,” he said.

Aleksandr Dugin (Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS)
Aleksandr Dugin (Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS) (MOSCOW NEWS AGENCY/)

Who is his father, Aleksandr Dugin

Dugin, often called “Putin’s Rasputin” or “Putin’s brain” by the international press, is the de facto author of Putin’s Ukrainian strategy. Although he has no official government position – he is more of a timed academic and former editor-in-chief of TsargradTVa network known for its fervent support of both Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church – and has been perpetually guarded about the details of its relationship with Putin, its language and rhetoric long adopted by the Kremlin.

As a small example, his uses in 2013 and 2014 of the term “Novorossiya” (New Russia) for the territories in eastern Ukraine that Russia wanted to claim were soon reflected in Putin’s propaganda language supporting the occupation of Crimea.

Born in 1962 into a high-ranking Soviet family (Dugin’s father was a military intelligence officer), Dugin rose to national fame in the 1990s as a writer for the far-right newspaper give. A 1991 manifesto in Den, “The Great War of the Continents,” laid out his vision of Russia as an “eternal Rome” pitted against an individualistic, materialistic West: “eternal Carthage.”

In the early 1990s, Dugin co-founded the National Bolshevik Party. with the controversial punk-porn novelist Eduard Limonov, mixing fascist and communist-nostalgic rhetoric and imagery; the avant-garde and ironic (and not so ironic) transgression; and a genuine reactionary policy.

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