Residents of Moscow awakened on Monday to a cloud of smoke that has blanketed the city; officials blamed adjacent wildfires for the pollution. The second discussion issue, who murdered the ultranationalist Darya Dugina, and was she the intended victim, was similarly cloudy.
The journalist, who was 29 years old, died in a vehicle bombing blast on Saturday night.
According to Russian media, her father, radical scholar Alexander Dugin, had planned to go along but had last-minutely changed his mind. According to rumors, Mr. Dugin, 60, was the intended victim.
In Russia, he is a contentious figure. Russia is seen as the heart of a new empire that will oppose liberal democracy and Western culture, according to his political theory, Eurasianism. Mr. Dugin’s philosophy, which had previously been on the periphery of political life here, became mainstream as Russia got more aggressive on the international scene.
But he has never had a position of authority inside a government.
According to Yekaterina Shulman, a Russian political expert, Mr. Dugin is neither “close to Putin” or “Putin’s intellect.”
She claimed that he never had any direct effect on the decision-making process. “He may have been persuasive indirectly – some of what he said may appeal to [those in the security services],” she said.
However, both Mr. Dugin and his daughter were outspoken backers of Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
According to the FSB Security Service of Russia, Ukrainian intelligence personnel were behind the murder. The FSB stated that after blowing up her automobile, Ukrainian agents escaped to Estonia in a statement issued on Monday.
Ukraine was not participating, according to a presidential advisor from that country.
The Time Will Tell show on Russian state television paid homage to Ms. Dugina on Monday morning. She had been a frequent visitor. The presenter Olesya Loseva commented, “She died for the concept of the ‘Russian World’.”
One studio visitor predicted “holy wrath,” and the program included a picture of mortar shells with the inscription “This is for Darya!” on one of them, which seemed to belong to pro-Russian troops in Ukraine.
Several of the visitors yelled that if Ms. Dugina’s murder was intended to terrify Russia, “it will have the opposite effect.”
The outburst of rage among pro-Kremlin pundits in reaction to the car bomb attempt, according to Ms. Shulman, looks strange. “The response came right away. They seem to have been waiting for something similar to occur.”
Whoever carried out the murder, according to her, “could potentially be utilized to drum up some public outcry inside the country to justify even more aggressive oppressive steps on the part of the state.”
Darya Dugina was a fairly insignificant person in Russia, hence her murder will have had little to no effect on the average Russian, if any.
But many people in our country would be concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Russia. In recent weeks, a number of explosions have targeted Russian bases in the annexed Crimea and in Russian districts close to the Ukrainian border.
Additionally, some surveys indicate that more Russians are getting worried that the “special military operation”—what the Kremlin prefers to refer to as its invasion of Ukraine—is taking too long and is failing.