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Fears grow that daughter of ‘Putin’s Rasputin’ killed by Russian bomb

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Rogue security agents from Russia’s feared FSB spy agency are feared to be behind the car bombing attack that killed the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s Rasputin-esque ‘guru’ advisor, amid mounting suspicions the Russian president’s inner circle is turning on him. There are growing fears in Moscow that the attack on Putin loyalist Alexander Dugin’s daughter, Darya, on Saturday night was conducted by Putin’s own loyal agents amid rumors they want to oust the Russian leader from power. 

Frustration and anger is mounting over Russia's war in Ukraine, with one of Putin's former commanders even branding the president a 'clown' who has been outplayed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Russia has furiously claimed that Dugin received death threats from 'Ukrainian nationalists' before Dugina was killed in an attack believed to be intended for her ultranationalist father. But some experts have suggested that it was Putin's FSB spy agency that was behind the attack.

Frustration and anger is mounting over Russia’s war in Ukraine, with one of Putin’s former commanders even branding the president a ‘clown’ who has been outplayed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Russia has furiously claimed that Dugin received death threats from ‘Ukrainian nationalists’ before Dugina was killed in an attack believed to be intended for her ultranationalist father. But some experts have suggested that it was Putin’s FSB spy agency that was behind the attack.

Historian Yuri Felshtinsky (pictured), author of Blowing Up Ukraine, said: 'The blowing up of the car of the famous Russian fascist and ideologist of the Putin regime, Alexander Dugin, was organized, it seems, by the Russian security services.' He added: 'On the latest Russian reports, the bomb was attached to Dugin's car inside his guarded compound. Ukraine focuses on military targets, unlike Russia, and there is no discernible gain in attacking one of Putin's media puppets or allocating scarce operatives inside the Russian Federation to such a goal that is meaningless to the liberation of Ukraine. The Kremlin will, however, likely exploit it to make it seem as if Ukraine is stooping to its own tactics of bombing harmless civilians in Ukraine.'

Historian Yuri Felshtinsky (pictured), author of Blowing Up Ukraine, said: ‘The blowing up of the car of the famous Russian fascist and ideologist of the Putin regime, Alexander Dugin, was organized, it seems, by the Russian security services.’ He added: ‘On the latest Russian reports, the bomb was attached to Dugin’s car inside his guarded compound. Ukraine focuses on military targets, unlike Russia, and there is no discernible gain in attacking one of Putin’s media puppets or allocating scarce operatives inside the Russian Federation to such a goal that is meaningless to the liberation of Ukraine. The Kremlin will, however, likely exploit it to make it seem as if Ukraine is stooping to its own tactics of bombing harmless civilians in Ukraine.’

Former Russian lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev (pictured) also claimed the explosion was the work of an unknown Russian group, the National Republican Party. However, the existence of the group could not be verified. He said on Russian TV: 'A momentous event took place near Moscow last night. This attack opens a new page in Russian resistance to Putinism. New – but not the last.'

Former Russian lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev (pictured) also claimed the explosion was the work of an unknown Russian group, the National Republican Party. However, the existence of the group could not be verified. He said on Russian TV: ‘A momentous event took place near Moscow last night. This attack opens a new page in Russian resistance to Putinism. New – but not the last.’

The mounting suspicions that Putin's inner circle may have turned against him and carried out the bombing attack comes as Igor Girkin, an intelligence and army veteran who was central to the seizure of Crimea and parts of the Donbas region in 2014, has mocked the Russian ruler's performance in Ukraine. Girkin said that Zelensky was often labeled a 'clown' because he was a TV comedian before being elected president. 'But then came the war,' said Girkin. Unlike Putin, Zelensky 'didn't run away' or 'hide in a bunker,' he said. The Ukrainian leader had 'announced, launched and conducted a general mobilization' of his country's military-age men and 'achieved massive deliveries of weapons from NATO', adding that he had 'fooled the Kremlin'. Pictured: Investigators work at the site of a suspected car bomb attack that killed Darya Dugina, daughter of ultra-nationalist Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin, in the Moscow region, Russia, August 21.

The mounting suspicions that Putin’s inner circle may have turned against him and carried out the bombing attack comes as Igor Girkin, an intelligence and army veteran who was central to the seizure of Crimea and parts of the Donbas region in 2014, has mocked the Russian ruler’s performance in Ukraine. Girkin said that Zelensky was often labeled a ‘clown’ because he was a TV comedian before being elected president. ‘But then came the war,’ said Girkin. Unlike Putin, Zelensky ‘didn’t run away’ or ‘hide in a bunker,’ he said. The Ukrainian leader had ‘announced, launched and conducted a general mobilization’ of his country’s military-age men and ‘achieved massive deliveries of weapons from NATO’, adding that he had ‘fooled the Kremlin’. Pictured: Investigators work at the site of a suspected car bomb attack that killed Darya Dugina, daughter of ultra-nationalist Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin, in the Moscow region, Russia, August 21.

Dugin, a Russian ultranationalist and fascist who has fantasies of rebuilding a vast new empire across Europe and Asia, was taken to hospital after his daughter, 29, was killed in an alleged assassination attempt on his life. He was traveling on a highway near the village of Bolshiye Vyazyomy, just outside the capital on Saturday, but decided to travel in a different car to his daughter, avoiding death only by chance. Moscow investigators on Sunday confirmed an explosive device was planted under the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Dugina was driving. Pictured: Darya and Alexander Dugin.

Dugin, a Russian ultranationalist and fascist who has fantasies of rebuilding a vast new empire across Europe and Asia, was taken to hospital after his daughter, 29, was killed in an alleged assassination attempt on his life. He was traveling on a highway near the village of Bolshiye Vyazyomy, just outside the capital on Saturday, but decided to travel in a different car to his daughter, avoiding death only by chance. Moscow investigators on Sunday confirmed an explosive device was planted under the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Dugina was driving. Pictured: Darya and Alexander Dugin.

A distressing video from Baza media shows the bereft father - known as Putin's 'Rasputin' - at the scene of the explosion. The car is seen as a fireball as emergency services sirens wail. Reports said she died on the spot. The explosion took place as Ms Dugina was returning from a cultural festival she had attended with her father. Dugina was a political analyst and editor of pro-Putin journal United World International and a joint author of a book on Putin's war in Ukraine. Her father is the author of an extreme rightwing view of Russia's role in the world, which held an appeal to Putin. The pair were pictured together at a pro-Putin public event shortly before she was slain.

A distressing video from Baza media shows the bereft father – known as Putin’s ‘Rasputin’ – at the scene of the explosion. The car is seen as a fireball as emergency services sirens wail. Reports said she died on the spot. The explosion took place as Ms Dugina was returning from a cultural festival she had attended with her father. Dugina was a political analyst and editor of pro-Putin journal United World International and a joint author of a book on Putin’s war in Ukraine. Her father is the author of an extreme rightwing view of Russia’s role in the world, which held an appeal to Putin. The pair were pictured together at a pro-Putin public event shortly before she was slain. 

Andrey Krasnov, the head of the Russian Horizon social movement and a close friend of the dead woman, said: 'I knew Darya personally. This was the father's vehicle. Darya… took his car today, while Alexander went in a different way. He returned, and he was at the site of the tragedy. As far as I understand, Alexander or probably both of them were the target.'

Andrey Krasnov, the head of the Russian Horizon social movement and a close friend of the dead woman, said: ‘I knew Darya personally. This was the father’s vehicle. Darya… took his car today, while Alexander went in a different way. He returned, and he was at the site of the tragedy. As far as I understand, Alexander or probably both of them were the target.’ 

Margarita Simonyan, head of RT 'propaganda' network, posted on Telegram that Ukraine's key 'decision-making centers need to be bombed.' Denis Pushilin, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic [DPR], a pro-Moscow puppet state in eastern Ukraine, posted: 'The terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, trying to eliminate Alexander Dugin blew up his daughter...in a car. Blessed memory of Daria, she is a real Russian girl.' Propaganda journalist Maxim Kononenko messaged: 'The address of the main building of the SBU [Ukrainian secret services]: Volodymyrska 33, Kyiv. I'm going to try to sleep now, and when I wake up, I hope to read on the news that it was... bombed along with its basements.' Pictured: The car bombing is believed to have taken place in Bolshiye Vyazyomy, on the outskirts of Moscow.

Margarita Simonyan, head of RT ‘propaganda’ network, posted on Telegram that Ukraine’s key ‘decision-making centers need to be bombed.’ Denis Pushilin, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR], a pro-Moscow puppet state in eastern Ukraine, posted: ‘The terrorists of the Ukrainian regime, trying to eliminate Alexander Dugin blew up his daughter…in a car. Blessed memory of Daria, she is a real Russian girl.’ Propaganda journalist Maxim Kononenko messaged: ‘The address of the main building of the SBU [Ukrainian secret services]: Volodymyrska 33, Kyiv. I’m going to try to sleep now, and when I wake up, I hope to read on the news that it was… bombed along with its basements.’ Pictured: The car bombing is believed to have taken place in Bolshiye Vyazyomy, on the outskirts of Moscow. 

Dugina was described as 'a young, smart, beautiful and incredibly talented and sympathetic woman'. While he has no formal role in government, Dugin, a far-Right occult writer who used to edit the staunchly pro-Putin Tsargrad TV network, is regarded as the Russian warmonger's 'guru advisor' and reportedly exerts heavy influence over him. He is credited with giving new life to the term Novorossiya (New Russia), which was adopted by Putin to justify his annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Dugina was described as ‘a young, smart, beautiful and incredibly talented and sympathetic woman’. While he has no formal role in government, Dugin, a far-Right occult writer who used to edit the staunchly pro-Putin Tsargrad TV network, is regarded as the Russian warmonger’s ‘guru advisor’ and reportedly exerts heavy influence over him. He is credited with giving new life to the term Novorossiya (New Russia), which was adopted by Putin to justify his annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Dugin has long dreamed of an expansionist Russia, advocating for Russian rule 'from Dublin to Vladisvostok' in his 1997 book Foundations of Geopolitics. He once said not taking back control of Ukraine would be 'an enormous danger for all of Eurasia' - before he was sanctioned by the U.S. in 2015 after allegedly recruiting fighters for Russia-backed forces in the country.

Dugin has long dreamed of an expansionist Russia, advocating for Russian rule ‘from Dublin to Vladisvostok’ in his 1997 book Foundations of Geopolitics. He once said not taking back control of Ukraine would be ‘an enormous danger for all of Eurasia’ – before he was sanctioned by the U.S. in 2015 after allegedly recruiting fighters for Russia-backed forces in the country.

His daughter was also sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury after she became chief editor of the United World International (UWI) website, which was owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is suspected of interfering in the 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

His daughter was also sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury after she became chief editor of the United World International (UWI) website, which was owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is suspected of interfering in the 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The car bombing attacks comes as Russian forces pressed on with their offensive across several Ukrainian regions on Monday. Zelensky has called for vigilance, saying Moscow could try 'something particularly ugly' ahead of Wednesday, which marks Ukraine's Independence Day and also half a year since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Zelensky said he had discussed 'all the threats' with French President Emmanuel Macron and word had also been sent to other leaders, including Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The car bombing attacks comes as Russian forces pressed on with their offensive across several Ukrainian regions on Monday. Zelensky has called for vigilance, saying Moscow could try ‘something particularly ugly’ ahead of Wednesday, which marks Ukraine’s Independence Day and also half a year since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Zelensky said he had discussed ‘all the threats’ with French President Emmanuel Macron and word had also been sent to other leaders, including Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

'All of Ukraine's partners have been informed about what the terrorist state can prepare for this week,' Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address, referring to Russia. He also said if Russia went ahead with plans to try captured Ukrainian defenders in Mariupol, then it would have violated international rules and cut itself off from negotiations. 'If this despicable show trial were to go ahead... this would be the line beyond which negotiations are no longer possible,' he said. 'There will be no more conversations. Our state has said everything.'

‘All of Ukraine’s partners have been informed about what the terrorist state can prepare for this week,’ Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address, referring to Russia. He also said if Russia went ahead with plans to try captured Ukrainian defenders in Mariupol, then it would have violated international rules and cut itself off from negotiations. ‘If this despicable show trial were to go ahead… this would be the line beyond which negotiations are no longer possible,’ he said. ‘There will be no more conversations. Our state has said everything.’

Gennady Gatilov, Moscow's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told the Financial Times that Erdogan tried to facilitate dialogue between Russia and Ukraine. But Gatilov dismissed speculation about direct talks between Zelensky and Putin, saying there 'was not any practical platform for having this meeting'.

Gennady Gatilov, Moscow’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told the Financial Times that Erdogan tried to facilitate dialogue between Russia and Ukraine. But Gatilov dismissed speculation about direct talks between Zelensky and Putin, saying there ‘was not any practical platform for having this meeting’.

On Ukraine's capabilities, one Western official said: 'Ukraine is now consistently achieving kinetic effects deep behind Russia's lines. The incidents have been having a material effect on Russia's logistics support, but as importantly, there's a significant psychological effect on the Russian leadership.' They added that the attacks had forced the Black Sea Fleet into a defensive posture and stymied Russia's ability to launch a successful amphibious assault on Odesa on Ukraine's coast, which would cut off much of Ukraine's access to the sea. Pictured: A Ukrainian drone strike has hit Russia's Navy headquarters in Crimea, causing a huge explosion.

On Ukraine’s capabilities, one Western official said: ‘Ukraine is now consistently achieving kinetic effects deep behind Russia’s lines. The incidents have been having a material effect on Russia’s logistics support, but as importantly, there’s a significant psychological effect on the Russian leadership.’ They added that the attacks had forced the Black Sea Fleet into a defensive posture and stymied Russia’s ability to launch a successful amphibious assault on Odesa on Ukraine’s coast, which would cut off much of Ukraine’s access to the sea. Pictured: A Ukrainian drone strike has hit Russia’s Navy headquarters in Crimea, causing a huge explosion.

It comes as the war has entered a phase of 'near operational standstill', with neither side's ground forces having enough concentrated combat power to launch effective offensive actions, the Western official said. Russia is facing an increasingly acute shortage of stocks, even of basic munition, as well as manpower issues as it struggles to reconstitute its forces. 'There was a point when there was constant shelling, there was a real high point, particularly around the battle for the Donbas,' they said. 'We aren't at that high point anymore. The whole tempo of the campaign has slowed down, partly because both sides have become more conscious that this is a marathon not a sprint and that expenditure rates and conserving their munitions is important'.

It comes as the war has entered a phase of ‘near operational standstill’, with neither side’s ground forces having enough concentrated combat power to launch effective offensive actions, the Western official said. Russia is facing an increasingly acute shortage of stocks, even of basic munition, as well as manpower issues as it struggles to reconstitute its forces. ‘There was a point when there was constant shelling, there was a real high point, particularly around the battle for the Donbas,’ they said. ‘We aren’t at that high point anymore. The whole tempo of the campaign has slowed down, partly because both sides have become more conscious that this is a marathon not a sprint and that expenditure rates and conserving their munitions is important’.

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