Anti-Putin faction says it’s behind car bomb killing of ‘war guru’s’ daughter

The National Republican Army used Telegram to claim it assassinated Darya ‘Dasha’ Dugina
(Picture: Reuters)

A violent anti-Russian group is claiming it assassinated the daughter of the Neo-Nazi mastermind behind Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine invasion.

The ‘National Republican Army’ (NRA) announced on Telegram it was taking responsibility for the Moscow car bomb slaughter of 30-year-old Darya ‘Dasha’ Dugina.

Russian FSB intelligence officials had bizarrely blamed the blast on Saturday night on a female Ukrainian spy, who they named as Natalia Vovk.

They said she repeatedly changed her appearance and her car’s registration plates to hoodwink Russian guards and made her escape in a Mini – an oddly similar plot to the 1969 film The Italian Job.

Dugina’s bearded ultra-nationalist, Rasputin-style, occultist father Alexander Dugin, 60, had blamed his daughter’s killing on a ‘terrorist attack carried out by the Nazi Ukrainian regime’.

The NRA mocked his and the Kremlin’s far-fetched versions of the hit.

It wrote: ‘The speed of the investigation! All this became known a day after the murder. The authorities are so afraid of the partisans that they are ready for any fables.’

Putin, 69, spoke out on Saturday, branding the car bomb a ‘vile crime’ after accusations he ordered the hit after his ‘war guru’ Dugin criticised him for not being harsh enough in his bombardment of Ukraine.

Dugina was sanctioned by Britain for spreading misinformation about Russia and Ukraine as one of Putin’s TV pundit mouthpieces (Picture: Reuters)
Russian intelligence bizarrely blamed Natalia Vovk for the assassination
Agents said Vovk got in and out of Moscow in a Mini like in The Italian Job
Dugina with her Neo-Nazi, war mongering father (Picture: EyePress News/Shutterstock)
Dugin was captured at the scene of the car bomb clutching his head in despair as he watched his daughter’s Toyota burn
Dugin said his daughter ‘died for Russia’ at a memorial service after he reportedly suffered a heart attack in the hours after she was blown to pieces in Moscow (Picture: Reuters)
Investigators comb the highway in the aftermath of Saturday’s blast (Picture: Reuters)

In a message released by the Kremlin, the Russian leader – whose health is said to be severely declining – said: ‘A vile, cruel crime ended the life of Daria Dugina, a bright, talented person with a real Russian heart – kind, loving, sympathetic and open.’

At a ceremony yesterday to celebrate Dugina’s life, her grieving father promised a new Russian state would fully annex Ukraine and other territories.

He told mourners his daughter ‘died for the people, died for Russia’, adding: ‘The huge price we have to pay can only be justified by the highest achievement, our victory.’

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov last night condemned Dugina’s murder as a ‘barbaric crime’.

Dugin – captured in footage clasping his head in despair as he watched his daughter’s Toyota burn on a highway outside Moscow – reportedly suffered a heart attack in hospital after the bomb attack.

Dubbed ‘Putin’s brain’ in light of his incredible influence on the Russian leader, Dugin escaped death by deciding to switch cars at the last minute after he returned with his daughter from a Russian ‘Tradition’ festival.

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