Memorial service held for Darya Dugina
Ukrainian officials have ridiculed Russia’s accusation that its special services were behind the killing of Darya Dugina, the daughter of an ultra-nationalist, in a car-bomb attack, according to the BBC.
“We don’t work in this way,” said National Security and Defence Council secretary Oleksiy Danilov.
A memorial service for Ms Dugina, 29, took place in Moscow on Tuesday.
Ms Dugina, a commentator on a Russian nationalist TV channel, died when her car blew up on the outskirts of Moscow.
Her influential father, Alexander Dugin, may have been the intended target of the attack. His expansionist ideas of a New Russia or “Novorossiya” on Ukrainian territory are said to have influenced President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.
President Putin condemned the “vile, cruel crime” and posthumously awarded Ms Dugina the Order of Courage.
Her 60-year-old father paid tribute to her as a “rising star at the start of her journey”. She was brutally murdered in front of him by Russia’s enemies, he said, and he went on to call for victory over Ukraine.
In Kyiv, the security and defence council secretary said Ukraine had nothing to do with the bombing: “We have more important tasks for our boys and girls… The FSB did this and is now suggesting that one of our people did it,” he told Ukrainian TV.
Mr Danilov also claimed Russia was planning a series of attacks inside Russia in an attempt to mobilise a population whose support for the war was waning.
Ukrainian presidential office adviser Mykhailo Podolyak, said Russian “propaganda lives in a fictional world”, adding that the car bombing was part of a struggle within Russia’s special services.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said it had solved the case and blamed Ukraine directly. Its claims were widely reported by state TV, and pro-Kremlin commentators called for immediate revenge. Darya Dugin’s father said on Tuesday that she had died for Russia
Russia says farewell to ‘warrior’ Dugina
By Will Vernon in Moscow
Russian state TV broadcast live pictures of the memorial service at Ostankino TV centre in Moscow. Ultra-nationalist thinker Alexander Dugin paid tribute to his daughter, saying “she died for Russia, for the people”.
Russian MPs called her a “warrior for the sovereignty of Russia”. One controversial MP, Leonid Slutsky, called for a square in Kyiv to be renamed in Darya’s honour once “denazification” – code for Russia annexing Ukraine – had been “completed”.
The killing remains a top story for Russian state-controlled television. All the TV channels have been reporting as fact the FSB Security Service’s claims that the culprit was a Ukrainian secret agent in a Mini Cooper.
But some are questioning how the Russian authorities allegedly cracked this case, and the speed with which they did so. It took the FSB less than two days to “solve” the murder – releasing a detailed statement as well as video materials.
Many opposition politicians, most of whom are now living abroad due to persecution in Russia, have been asking why other political assassinations in Russia remain unsolved – often for many years. There are other concerns, too – that Darya’s murder may become a pretext for increased repression in Russia or for further attacks against Ukraine.
We still don’t really know who was behind the killing, why Daria Dugina was killed and whether she was the intended target.