Aftermath of SUV Bombing | Photo Courtesy: The Associated Press News

Is this Russian SUV Bombing Really Part of the War?

On the night of Aug 20, in Moscow, 29 year old TV commentator  Daria Dugina was killed in a bombing attack that was planted in her SUV. 

Dugina was the daughter of a national philosopher, writer and known ally to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexander Dugin. 

The explosion took place after Dugnia left a culture festival she had attended with her father. Witnesses say the SUV belonged to her father, who had decided to take another vehicle at the last minute. 

The possible reasoning for the attack was Dugin’s known support of Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. Also the “Russia World” ideal,  a political and spiritual concept that emphasizes the  traditional values of Russia. 

While Dugin’s exact ties to Putin are unclear, he expressed his patriarchal viewpoint. Dugin believed in  traditional Russian values, authoritative leadership and expressed displeasure with Western liberal values. 

Dugina was known to share the same ideals as her father. She expressed her disdain for western values on the nationlist TV channel Tsargrad, where her father was Chief Editor. 

This bombing has created outrage within both Russia and Ukraine. Russian citizens believe this was an assaination attempt or a terrorist attack. However, many in Ukraine expressed that they are not a terrorist state.  

President of the Separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, blamed the bombing on the Ukrainian regime, claming this was an attempt on Dugin’s life. 

A Ukrainian adviser to President Voldymyr Zelenskyy, Mykhailo Podolyak, quickly denied any Ukrainian involvement in the blast. 

“We are not a criminal state, unlike Russia, and definitely not a terrorist state,” Podolyak said.

The Moscow branch of Russian Investigative Committee opened an investigation into the murder of Dugina. While there is no current evidence, many suspect the bomb was meant for Dugin.    

As the investigation continues many wonder both the outcome of who’s responsible and the tensions this will bring to the ongoing war. 

Daria Dugnia | Photo Courtesy: The New York Times

Written by Addyson Dempsey

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