Oleksiy Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, reiterated the rejection late Monday, saying that “our special services have nothing to do with it.”
Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the lower house of the Russian parliament, attended Dugina’s farewell ceremony on Tuesday. Slutsky, who attended several rounds of talks with Ukrainian negotiators in March, hinted that the killing would have implications for the conflict in Ukraine.
“We see that Kyiv is not inclined to talk, and my own position as a member of the negotiating team is that it would be difficult to hold talks after this terrible tragedy,” he said.
Putin sent Dugin and his wife a letter of condolences on Monday, denouncing the “cruel and treacherous” murder and saying that Dugina “sincerely served the people and the Fatherland and proved with their actions what it means to be a patriot of Russia.” be”. He posthumously awarded Dugina the Order of Bravery, one of Russia’s highest awards.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor to the KGB, said Dugina’s assassination was “prepared and carried out by the Ukrainian special services.”
The FSB said a Ukrainian national, Natalya Vovk, committed the murder after she arrived in Russia with her 12-year-old daughter in July and rented an apartment in the building where Dugina lived to shadow her. It said that Vovk and her daughter were at the nationalist festival that Dugin and his daughter attended.
The agency said that after the murder, Vovk drove to Estonia with a different license plate number for her vehicle. On Monday, the FSB released surveillance camera videos allegedly showing her entering and leaving Russia, as well as a close-up of her, allegedly in front of the entrance of a Moscow apartment building where Dugina lived and where Vovk rented an apartment.
The FSB also posted pictures of their vehicle with different license plates.
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu dismissed the Russian claim, saying in a televised address: “We consider this to be one case of provocation in a very long line of provocations by the Russian Federation and we have nothing more to say about it at the moment”.
Reinsalu said the Kremlin is trying to pressure Estonia over its support for Ukraine during the current conflict.
“Why did Estonia experience the biggest cyberattacks since the Night of the Bronze Soldier?” said Reinsalu, referring to recently foiled cyberattacks on Estonia’s public and private sector institutions after the country stole a controversial Soviet-era tank monument from Narva on the Estonian- removed the Russian border.
Estonia and Baltic neighbors Lithuania and Latvia have been relentless and vocal in their support for Ukraine since Russia began invading the country in February. Estonia has also denied visiting visas to Russians and has urged other European nations to do the same.
Dubbed “Putin’s Brain” and “Putin’s Rasputin” by some in the West, Dugin was a prominent proponent of the concept of the “Russian World,” a spiritual and political ideology that emphasizes traditional values, the restoration of Russia’s global influence, and the unity of all ethnic Russians worldwide.
Many Russian analysts stress that Dugin is not part of Putin’s inner circle and is probably better known outside of Russian than inside.
Dugin helped popularize the concept of “Novorossiya” or “New Russia” that Russia used in 2014 to justify the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula and its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. He urged the Kremlin to step up its operations in Ukraine.
Dugin has also promoted authoritarian leadership in Russia and spoken with contempt for liberal Western values. He was hit with US and European Union sanctions.
His daughter expressed similar views and had appeared as a commentator on the Tsargrad TV channel, where Dugin had served as editor-in-chief.
Dugina herself was sanctioned by the US in March for her work as editor-in-chief United World Internationala website that Washington has identified as the source of the disinformation.
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https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/our-russian-victory-our-truth-mourners-pay-tribute-to-slain-nationalist-darya-dugina-20220824-p5bc7z.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world Mourners pay tribute to Alexander Dugin’s murdered daughter, Darya Dugina