Russia points to a second Ukrainian suspect for the murder of a nationalist’s daughter
Aug 29 – The Russian security service FSB on Monday named another Ukrainian who he said was part of the team that assassinated Daria Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian ultranationalist who believes Ukraine should be absorbed into a new Russian empire.
Dugina, who like her father, Alexander Dugin, was a staunch supporter of what Russia calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine, was killed in a car bomb attack outside Moscow on August 20, in what which Russian President Vladimir Putin called a “vile and cruel crime”.
Two days after the murder of the 29-year-old, the FSBRussia’s main domestic intelligence agency, said it had cracked the case, naming a Ukrainian woman who it said had followed Dugina for weeks, rented an apartment in her housing complex and planted the car bomb before fleeing Russia to Estonia, all with the backing of kyiv.
Ukraine, which claims Russia is waging an imperial-style war of aggression against it, has denied involvement in the murder of Dugina, who has since been portrayed as a martyr by pro-Kremlin politicians and on Russian state television. where he often appeared as a pro-war commentator.
On Monday, the FSB he said he had identified what he called another member of a Ukrainian “terrorist and sabotage group” who he said had planned and carried out the killing.
In a statement, the FSB claimed that the new suspect, a man born in 1978 whose name was revealed in security camera footage, had helped set up the car bomb in a rented garage in Moscow and had obtained false documents and license plates for the woman who had planted the bomb in Dugina’s car.
The man had left Russia via Estonia a day before the attack, he said.
In an 11-minute video posted by the FSBsecurity camera footage shows the man entering Russia on July 30, going in and out of a Moscow garage complex, picking up what the FSBthey were fake license plates, and leaving Russia in the early hours of August 19, the day before Dugina was killed.
Security camera footage also shows the Ukrainian woman accused by the FSB planting the car bomb by walking through an area where cars were parked at a festival that Dugina had attended shortly before she was murdered.
The FSB he said the Ukrainian woman had watched Dugina, made sure she had left the festival, then followed her by car and set off the car bomb that killed her.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has vowed to “show no mercy” to those responsible for Dugina’s death.
At a memorial service in Moscow last week, Alexander Dugin said his daughter had fallen on the front line and called for Russia to win “victory” in Ukraine on her behalf.