In a car bombing on Sunday on the outskirts of Moscow, the daughter of a prominent supporter of Russian president Vladimir Putin and nationalist ideologies was slain.
The daughter of Alexander Dugin, Daria Dugina, was in an SUV when the bomb went off. She was 29 years old.
The car belonged to her father, who reportedly made the last-minute decision to use a different car, according to Russian media reports. Dugina was coming home from a cultural event she and her father had attended.
Denis Pushilin, the leader of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, which is the focal point of Russia’s operations in Ukraine, reportedly attributed the incident to “terrorists of the Ukrainian state, seeking to kill Alexander Dugin.”
Dugin, a political philosopher, analyst, and famous writer, is 60 years old and is well known for his intellectual effect on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The author of more than 30 books, who was born in Moscow, has also been referred to as “Putin’s philosopher” or “Putin’s brain.” However, although some Russia observers support the concept of his substantial impact, others term it limited.
The Washington Post claims that Dugin became well-known on a national scale in the 1990s while contributing to the Den, a far-right publication.
Additionally, he had served as the network’s chief editor at Tsargrad TV, which supports Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church.
Despite not having any formal state positions, Dugin is seen as a symbolic figure in Russian politics, the BBC reported.
His political views
Dugin’s ideas are thought to dominate the political ideology that governs Russia at the moment.
Dugin has long supported the union of Russian-speaking and other regions in a large new Russian empire. He is well known for his ultra-nationalist, anti-Western beliefs as well as a vision of a more strong and aggressive Russia.
The Washington Post reported in a May piece that “his image of Russia as a “eternal Rome” battling against an individualistic, materialistic West was laid out in a 1991 manifesto serialised in Den, “The Great War of the Continents.”
One of his more significant works from the post-communist era is the 1997 book “Foundation of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia,” which the magazine Foreign Policy referred to as “a pole star for a broad swath of Russian hardliners.”
“Dugin’s fundamental justification in Foundations was taken directly from (Karl) Haushofer’s writings: the need to fight the ‘Atlanticism’ plot being orchestrated by the US and NATO to control Russia…
The strategy was straightforward: “Dugin advised putting the Soviet Union back together first, and then using deft alliance diplomacy focusing on alliances with Japan, Iran, and Germany to expel the United States and its Atlanticist minions from the continent.
Role in Ukraine war
Dugin has been a staunch advocate of Putin’s Ukraine war. Due to his connections to rebels in eastern Ukraine, he was also the target of US sanctions. He is a supporter of the concept of Novorossiya (New Russia) and is regarded as the intellectual progenitor of Putin’s approach to the Ukraine.
According to Dugin, complete military and political control over the entire north shore of the Black Sea was a “essential imperative” of Russian geopolitics and that an independent Ukraine poses a “great menace to all of Eurasia.” According to a New York Times piece, he has also promoted the idea that Ukraine should turn into “a wholly administrative section of the Russian centralised state.”