Daughter of Putin ally Alexander Dugin killed in car bomb in Moscow – reports

The daughter of an ultranationalist Russian ideologue believed to have had a strong influence on Vladimir Putin has been killed in a car bomb on the outskirts of Moscow, according to multiple media reports.

Darya Dugin, daughter of Russian political commentator Alexander Dugin – dubbed “Putin’s brain” – died when the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving was ripped apart by a powerful explosion about 20km west of the capital at around 9.30pm local time.

The blast occurred near the village of Bolshiye Vyazemy, according to Russian media sites Baza and 112, and state-owned Novaya Gazeta.

Witnesses said debris was thrown all over the road as the car was engulfed in flames before crashing into a fence, according to reports.

Emergency services said there had been one person in the car and that they died at the scene.

Andrey Krasnov, a friend of Dugina and the head of the Russian Horizon social movement, confirmed the reports, according to the news agency Tass.

He said that the bomb…

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This article was written by Martin Farrer and originally published on www.theguardian.com