Russia’s FSB security services on Monday said that Ukraine was behind a car bombing near Moscow that killed the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a hardline Russian ideologue close to President Vladimir Putin.
Dugin — a vocal supporter of the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine — is thought to have been the likely target of the attack.
“The crime was prepared and committed by Ukrainian special services,” the FSB said in a statement.
It added that the perpetrator — a female Ukrainian citizen born in 1979 and identified as Natalia Vovk — on Sunday fled to EU member Estonia.
Daria Dugina was killed Saturday when a bomb placed in a Toyota Land Cruiser went off as she drove on a highway some 40 km outside Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday expressed his “sincere condolences and words of support” following Dugina’s death.
“A vile, cruel crime ended the life of Daria Dugina, a bright, talented person with a real Russian heart — kind, loving, sympathetic and open,” Putin said in a message to Dugina’s family released by the Kremlin.
According to the FSB, the attacker arrived in Russia in July 2022 with her underage daughter and rented an apartment in the same building where Dugina lived.
The FSB said the attacker was at a festival outside Moscow that Dugin and his daughter had attended on Saturday.
Reports from Russian media suggested Dugina had borrowed her father’s car at the last minute.