As Russia continues to sully their already tarnished reputation during their continued invasion of Ukraine, the retribution they face for their actions will continue to grow in both scope and severity.
This escalation in vengeance was certainly true this week as one of Vladimir Putin’s closest confidantes was targeted in an explosive attack that killed his daughter.
The daughter of a Russian political philosopher was killed in a car bomb Saturday night that was meant for him, officials said. Russian criminal investigators said they were investigating her death as a murder.Advertisement - story continues below
Daria Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and strategist behind Russia’s ongoing war effort in Ukraine, was killed when a bomb meant for him detonated in their vehicle, Russian news agency TASS reported.
Dugina, 29, was leaving a music and culture festival outside Moscow in their SUV when the bomb went off.
Daria’s father has been an influential figure in Russian politics for some time.
Dugin attended the festival but was not in the vehicle at the time of the explosion. Some Russian outlets reported he was supposed to ride in the vehicle but switched at the last minute.Advertisement - story continues below
Often described as “Putin’s brain,” Dugin helped pioneer the Russian leader’s invasion of Ukraine. He also regularly appeared on the TV channel Tsargrad.
Russia has suggested that Ukraine was somehow responsible for the attack, but their long history of false propaganda has many experts questioning that assessment.
Ordinary Russians have been protesting the Ukrainian invasion, and facing a harsh response from local law enforcement on account of these protests, belying a deep-seeded resistance to Putin’s regime that could be radicalizing deep underground.