Darya Dugina, the daughter of influential nationalist and Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, was killed Saturday when the car she was traveling in exploded in the Moscow region, Russian state news agency TASS reported, and CNN reported.
Andrei Krasnov, head of the social movement Russian Horizon and a personal acquaintance of the woman's family, told TASS today that Dugina died when her car caught fire after the explosion. When Dugina turned onto the highway near the village of Bolshiye Vyazemi, there was an explosion, and the car immediately caught fire," Krasnov told TASS.
"She was completely engulfed in flames. She lost control because she was driving at high speed and flew to the opposite side of the road," Krasnov added, as reported by TASS. Photos of the explosion's aftermath began circulating on Russian social media on Saturday, appearing to show a vehicle on fire by the side of the road and smashed car parts scattered around the area.
CNN is unable to independently verify the authenticity of the images. Krasnov told TASS that he knew Dugina personally and that the car she was traveling in belonged to her father. He believed that Alexander was the real target of the explosion, or perhaps both.
"It's her father's car," Krasnov told TASS. "Daša (Darya) drives another car, but she drove his car today, and Aleksandar went separately." According to Russian media outlet 112, they were due to return from the event on Saturday night in the same car before Dugin made a last-minute decision to get into a different vehicle.
Who is "Putin's Rasputin"?
Alexander Dugin is a far-right Russian writer and ideologue who is credited with being the architect or "spiritual guide" of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He is said to have significant influence over Russian President Vladimir Putin and is often described as "Putin's brain" or "Putin's Rasputin"
Dugin's daughter Darya was born in 1992 and studied philosophy at Moscow State University, according to TASS. In March 2022, Dugina was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for her contribution to an article on the United World International (UWI) website suggesting that Ukraine would be "doomed" if admitted to NATO. Dugina was the editor-in-chief of UWI.