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Russia accuses Ukraine of killing nationalist

MOSCOW ( Associated Press) — Russia’s top counter-intelligence agency on Monday blamed Ukrainian spy agencies for the murder of a Russian nationalist, the daughter of a prominent ideologue, whom some in the West described as “Putin’s mastermind.”

Daria Dugin – 29, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a philosopher, writer and political theorist – was killed Saturday night by an explosive planted in her van while driving.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Dugina’s murder was “engineered and a crime by the Ukrainian special services”.

Ukraine’s presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak on Sunday denied any Ukrainian involvement in the killing.

In Monday’s statement, the FSB said the murder was committed by a Ukrainian national who then left the country for Estonia.

He insisted that the woman, whom he identified as Natalya Vovk, arrived in Russia with their 12-year-old daughter in July and rented an apartment in the building where Dugina lived to follow him. Vovk and his daughter, the FSB said, took part in a nationalist festival, which was also attended by Alexander Dugin and his daughter shortly before the attack.

The agency said Vovk and his daughter, who left Russia for Estonia after the murder, were using a different license plate on their vehicle to leave the country.

In a statement issued by a close aide, Dugin described his daughter as a “rising star” who had been “treacherously murdered by Russia’s enemies.”

“Our hearts yearn not only for revenge and vengeance, which would be too small, not Russia-style,” Dugin wrote. “We just need to win.”

Dugin has been a major proponent of the “Russian world” concept, a spiritual and political ideology that emphasizes traditional values, the restoration of Russia’s global influence, and the unity of ethnic Russians around the world. He strongly supported Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops to Ukraine and urged the Kremlin to intensify its operations there.

Car bombings unusual for Moscow prompted the Russian nationalists to seek revenge.

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