SAD NEWS: Russia Says Farewell To ‘Warrior’ Dugina


Russian state TV broadcast live pictures of the memorial service at Ostankino TV centre in Moscow. Ultranationalist thinker Alexander Dugin paid tribute to his daughter, saying “she died for Russia, for the people”.

Russian MPs called her a “warrior for the sovereignty of Russia”. One controversial MP, Leonid Slutsky, called for a square in Kyiv to be renamed in Darya’s honour once “denazification” – code for Russia annexing Ukraine – had been “completed”.

The killing remains a top story for Russian state-controlled television. All the TV channels have been reporting as fact the FSB Security Service’s claims that the culprit was a Ukrainian secret agent in a Mini Cooper.

But some are questioning how the Russian authorities allegedly cracked this case, and the speed with which they did so. It took the FSB less than two days to “solve” the murder – releasing a detailed statement as well as video materials.

Many opposition politicians, most of whom are now living abroad due to persecution in Russia, have been asking why other political assassinations in Russia remain unsolved – often for many years. There are other concerns, too – that Darya’s murder may become a pretext for increased repression in Russia or for further attacks against Ukraine.

We still don’t really know who was behind the killing, why Daria Dugina was killed and whether she was the intended target.

Russian demands for retribution came as Ukraine prepared to mark 31 years of independence on Wednesday, which coincides with six months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.

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The US state department has warned that Russia is stepping up efforts to attack Ukrainian civilian infrastructure and government facilities. Fears of an escalated Russian attack have prompted Kyiv to ban public events while the city of Kharkiv has brought forward an overnight curfew to start at 16:00 local time (13:00 GMT).

According to the FSB’s account of Darya Dugina’s death, a Ukrainian woman linked to security services in Kyiv had moved to Russia in July alongside her young daughter.

The woman had rented an apartment in the same building as Ms Dugina for a month, preparing for the attack, it alleged. In that time, she allegedly followed her target through Moscow in a Mini Cooper – for which she used three different licence plates.

The FSB later released video purporting to show the suspect’s car entering Russia, then of her entering Ms Dugina’s building and finally leaving Russia for Estonia.

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