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Death of ultra-nationalist’s daughter ‘speaks to growing instability in Russia itself’

Mark Galeotti, senior research associate at the Royal United Services Institute, spoke to Sky News after the daughter of an ultra-nationalist Russian ideologue was killed in a suspected car bomb.

Darya Dugina, daughter of Alexander Dugin, was killed Saturday night after a suspected explosive device detonated the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving, investigators said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has speculated that Ukraine may be behind the attack.

Speaking on the attack, Mr Galeotti said the ‘hard to explain’ killings were a feature of times when Russia or the Russian elite was ‘divided and in crisis behind the scenes’.

He said: “I think it speaks to growing instability within Russia itself.”

Asked what was known about Ms Dugina, he said she had become quite a high-profile journalist in the country and worked for a media outlet which, it was alleged, was run by a goofy man. sanctioned in the UK for spreading misinformation.

“He’s someone who, again, has all sorts of close ties to people around the Kremlin and also espouses the same sort of extreme nationalist stance as Dugin himself,” he said.

“So it may well be that she made herself a target, but given the situation, it’s more likely that it was her father.”

Speaking on the likelihood that Ukraine carried out the attack, Mr Galeotti said: “I mean, on some level you would think that Ukrainians have the most reason to dislike and despise Dugin, who has been a cheerleader for this war and frankly wanted this to happen before.

“But on the other hand, it’s no small feat. Being able to mount an assassination operation in the heart of Russia, which is, after all, a security state, and then exfiltrate those who were involved, to get them out of the country without trace.

“It’s hard to see that they would have thought that if they were targeting someone in Moscow, Dugin would be the man they would choose.

“That’s why we have so many other theories that it was actually the state because they wanted to martyr Dugin or whatever.”

Christi C. Elwood