Powerful Putin propagandists daughter killed in car bombing as dad watches on

The daughter of an influential Russian ideologue got caught up in a car bombing on Saturday (August 20) and was killed, reports say.

Darya Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, is thought to have died instantly when the blast occurred.

Investigators believe the bomb was intended for her powerful right-wing dad, who is sometimes referred to as 'Putin's brain' because of the amount of sway he allegedly has in Russian politics.

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Photos of the explosion have been circulated by news outlets Baza and 112 and were quickly picked up by users on Telegram, a social media site popular in the Soviet state.

Russian news agency TASS, referring to police accounts, confirmed that a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado had been blown up, but didn't identify the victim.

However, a man who the agency said was an acquaintance of Dugina confirmed her death.

The 30-year-old woman was reportedly returning home from a music and literature festival called "Tradition", and was behind the wheel of her car for just ten minutes before the blast.

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Her dad was meant to be sharing the vehicle with his daughter but at the last minute decided to get into a different one, according to Russian violinist Pyotr Lundstrem, who spoke with Baza.

Reports say he was driving right behind his daughter and watched as her car exploded.

Photos taken at the scene showed Dugin holding his head in both hands, clearly devastated at his loss as he stood in front of the flaming car.

Russian proxy leader of Ukraine's occupied Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, blamed "terrorists of the Ukrainian regime" for the killing, writing on Telegram that they had been "trying to liquidate Alexander Dugin" but "blew up his daughter."

He added: "In loving memory of Darya, she is a true Russian girl."

Before her death, Dugina was a vocal supporter of the Russian war in Ukraine and had been sanctioned by the US government for her involvement with a Kremlin-run influence operation, Project Lakhta.

In an interview, she had claimed that the killing of civilians in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha had been staged and even alleged that the US had chosen that location to stage the attacks because the name of the area in English sounds like "butcher".

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