Russian intelligence accused Ukrainian “particular providers” of finishing up a car bombing that killed Darya Dugina, the daughter of an influential Russian ultra-nationalist who has backed Moscow’s invasion.
The killing of Dugina on Saturday sparked hypothesis over who was behind the assault, with Kyiv denying any involvement.
An explosive system blew up the Toyota Land Cruiser that Dugina was driving on a freeway exterior of Moscow, Russian investigators stated.
Russian media reported her father, Alexander Dugin, who has backed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conflict on Ukraine, switched vehicles along with his daughter shortly earlier than the blast.
Dugin – a thinker, author and political theorist who some within the West have dubbed “Putin’s mind” – is believed by some to have been the meant goal.
In an announcement on Monday, Russia’s Federal Safety Service (FSB), the principle successor to the KGB, stated the “crime was ready and dedicated by Ukrainian particular providers”.
The Russian intelligence service stated a lady and her teenage daughter arrived in Russia in July and spent a month getting ready the assault by renting an condo in the identical housing block and researching Dugina’s way of life.
The alleged assailant was at an occasion exterior Moscow on Saturday night that Dugina and her father additionally attended, earlier than finishing up a “managed explosion” of Dugina’s automobile after which fleeing Russia to Estonia, FSB stated.
The intelligence company additionally launched safety surveillance video of the alleged killer alongside together with her army ID, claiming her to belong to Ukraine’s Azov regiment.
The accusation comes after former Russian politician Ilya Ponomarev, who’s now dwelling in Ukraine, posted a video on YouTube late Sunday saying an unknown opposition motion, known as the Nationwide Republican Military, dedicated the assault.
Ponomarev stated the bombing “opens a brand new web page of Russian resistance in opposition to Putinism. A brand new web page – however it received’t be the final”.
Defence analyst Pavel Felgenhauer instructed Al Jazeera there are extra questions than solutions surrounding the killing.
“What they [FSB] say is that this was a focused assault in opposition to the daughter, not the daddy. I discover it somewhat unusual, all of it. It’s a weird factor,” he stated.
“For an expert safety service to ship a mom and daughter hit squad – it’s a novelty like American SEALS or Israeli intelligence operatives. The culprits miraculously obtained throughout the border into Estonia out of attain, and that leaves quite a lot of query marks.”
Darya Dugina was a fierce supporter of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and infrequently espoused her father’s views in help of Russian imperialism on nationalist TV channel Tsargrad, however observers have famous she was not a broadly recognized determine.
Some analysts have known as her father “Putin’s Rasputin”, referring to Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin, who insinuated himself with the final emperor of Russia, Nicholas II.
Others have debated how a lot affect the media persona had on Putin and his insurance policies.
Alexander Dugin is a vehement supporter of Russia sending troops into Ukraine and is a outstanding proponent of the “Russian world” idea – a religious and political ideology that emphasises conventional values, restoration of Russia’s energy, and the unity of all ethnic Russians all through the world.
He helped popularise the “Novorossiya,” or “New Russia” idea that Russia used to justify the 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and its help of separatist rebels in japanese Ukraine.
Darya Dugina was sanctioned by the US in March for her work as chief editor of United World Worldwide, a web site that Washington has described as a supply of disinformation.
In an look on Russian tv final week, Dugina known as the USA “a zombie society” the place individuals oppose Russia however can’t discover it on a map.