The daughter of Alexander Dugin, a Russian nationalist and self-styled philosopher whose ideas helped shape the Kremlin’s narrative about Ukraine, was killed in a car explosion near Moscow on Saturday night. In a statement Monday, he called for “more than just revenge.”
The incident is already creating a flash point in the war, as Russia on Monday officially blamed Ukraine for the attack, claiming it was planned by “special services” and carried out by a Ukrainian woman who then fled to Estonia with her daughter. Ukraine denied any involvement.
Daria Dugina, 29, was driving her father’s car from a festival they both attended when the blast occurred, engulfing the car in flames. Some outside analysts and friends of the family suspect that Dugin was the real target. Dugina, the chief editor of a Russian disinformation website who was herself under U.S. sanctions, had also been deeply supportive of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.
Here’s what to know about the explosion and what it means for the war in Ukraine.