Russia pays tribute to commentator killed in explosion

MOSCOW — Hundreds of people lined up on Tuesday to pay their respects to the daughter of a leading right-wing Russian political thinker killed in a car bombing that Moscow blamed on Ukrainian intelligence.

Speaking at a farewell ceremony at a Moscow audiovisual production center, Alexander Dugin said in a broken voice that his 29-year-old daughter, a commentator for a Russian nationalist TV channel, “died for Russia”.

“The huge price we have to pay can only be justified by the highest achievement, our victory,” he said. “She lived for victory and she died for victory. Our Russian victory, our truth, our Orthodox faith, our state.”

Darya Dugina was killed when a remote-controlled explosive device placed in her SUV detonated on Saturday as she was driving on the outskirts of Moscow, tearing up the vehicle and killing her instantly, authorities said.

During the memorial service at the Ostankino Television Center that dominated state television newscasts, 60-year-old Dugin shared what he said were his daughter’s last words to him, spoken at a nationalist festival they both attended just before his death: “Father, I feel like a warrior, I feel like a hero. I want to be one. I don’t want a different fate I want to be with my people, with my country.

Speaking at a separate event on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced Dugina’s murder as a “barbaric crime for which there is no forgiveness”.

The car bombing sparked calls from Russian nationalists to respond by stepping up strikes against Ukraine. Ukraine has denied any involvement in the attack.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reiterated that denial on Tuesday, telling a news conference in Kyiv about Dugina’s murder: “It’s not our responsibility. She’s not a citizen of our country. We don’t care. don’t care about her.”

Leonid Slutsky, head of the Russian parliament’s lower house foreign affairs committee, attended Dugina’s farewell ceremony on Tuesday. Slutsky, who took part in several rounds of talks with Ukrainian negotiators in March, said the killing would have repercussions for the conflict in Ukraine.

“We see that Kyiv is not inclined to have talks, and my own position as a member of the negotiating team is that it would be difficult to start talks after this horrible tragedy,” he said. he declares.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday sent a letter of condolence to Dugin and his wife, denouncing the “cruel and treacherous” murder and saying that Dugina “honestly served the people and the fatherland, proving what it means to be a patriot of Russia with his deeds.”

He posthumously awarded Dugina the Order of Courage, one of Russia’s highest medals.

Russia’s Federal Security Service, the main successor to the KGB, said Dugina’s murder was “planned and carried out by Ukrainian special services”.

The agency said a Ukrainian citizen, Natalya Vovk, committed the murder after arriving in Russia in July with her 12-year-old daughter and renting an apartment in the building where Dugina lived in order to follow her. He said that Vovk and his daughter were at the nationalist festival which Dugin and his daughter attended.

The agency said Vovk drove to Estonia after the murder, using a different license plate for his vehicle.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu rejected the Russian request, saying in televised remarks: “We see this as an example of provocation in a very long series of provocations by the Russian Federation, and we do not ‘have nothing more to say about it’.

Dugin, dubbed “Putin’s brain” and “Putin’s Rasputin” by some in the West, promoted authoritarian leadership in Russia and spoke dismissively of liberal Western values. It was slapped by American and European sanctions.

His daughter expressed similar views and had appeared as a commentator on the Tsargrad TV channel, where Dugin had served as editor.

Dugina was sanctioned by the United States in March for her work as editor of United World International, a website Washington has described as a source of misinformation.

Information for this article was provided by Jan M. Olsen of The Associated Press.

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