Russia: Aleksandr Dugin calls for revenge over his daughter’s murder, blaming Ukraine for it
Russian political philosopher Alexander Dugin, who is known for his staunch anti-West views, has blamed Ukrainians for detonating a car bomb that killed his daughter on Monday, urging Russia to avenge the murder.
In his first public statement after his daughter Daria Dugina's death, Dugin said the 29-year-old TV commentator and journalist was “brutally killed by an explosion in front of my eyes”.
He described the blast as a “terrorist attack”, and blamed it on the Ukrainian government.
“Our hearts yearn for more than just revenge or retribution. That would be too small, not according to Russia’s style. We only need our Victory. My daughter laid her maiden life on [victory’s] altar. So win, please!” Dugin said in a statement relayed by his friend, Konstantin Malofeev, on Monday.
Moscow has accused Ukraine's secret services of being behind the weekend murder of Darya.
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Monday identified the attacker as a Ukrainian woman in her forties named Natalia Vovk.
It said the woman conducted a controlled explosion of a car Darya was driving in on Saturday.
The report said the assailant, who arrived in Russia in July along with her teenage daughter, was preparing for the attack for a month. They reportedly fled to the EU member state of Estonia after the attack.
The FSB also published footage showing Vovk and her daughter entering Russia, inside the building where Dugina lived and in which she also rented an apartment, and hastily leaving the country.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin strongly condemned the “vile, cruel” crime, and expressed his “sincere condolences” in a message to Dugin's family released by the Kremlin.