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The daughter of an influential Russian intellectual was killed by a car bomb, Russia has said. Who is behind is unknown. Some Putin allies rushed to blame Ukraine and called for attacks on Kyiv. Others pointed to movements inside Russia that may be responsible. Something is loading.

The death of the daughter of a key Vladimir Putin ally has added another layer of confusion and potential escalation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Darya Dugina, the daughter of an influential Russian nationalist philosopher, was killed by a car bomb on Saturday, Russian officials said. The work of Dugina’s father, Aleksandr Dugin, helped influence Putin, and Dugina was also a supporter of both his thought and the invasion of Russia.

Who caused his death – which a family friend says may have been the result of efforts to target his father – is unknown. Russia has opened a murder investigation.

But some Putin allies rushed to blame Ukraine without producing evidence and called for greater attacks on the country despite his denials of any involvement. And a former Russian lawmaker exiled in Ukraine has pointed the finger at an underground dissident group in Russia seeking to overthrow Putin.

A splinter group

Ilya Ponomarev, a former Russian MP currently living in exile in Kyiv, said he believed the National Republican Army was responsible.

He made his comments on February Morning, a Russian-language TV channel he set up in Ukraine that challenges Putin, The Guardian reported.

Ponomarev said the National Republican Army is a group that opposes Putin and believes he “sent Russian soldiers to certain and senseless death”, reported The Guardian.

“This attack opens a new page in Russian resistance to Putinism. News – but not the last,” he said. The Guardian noted that it could not verify its claims about the attack or the group.

Blame Ukraine

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, suggested that Ukraine may be responsible in a Monday Telegram message.

She said that if Ukraine’s involvement was “confirmed”, then “we should talk about the policy of state terrorism implemented by the Kyiv regime”.

Ukraine has denied any involvement.

Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, tweeted on Monday that Russia must understand that “the world sees the war live”, and that Russian “attempts” to blame the death of Dugina or other attacks against Ukraine “are useless”.

He told Ukrainian television, according to CNN: “Ukraine definitely has nothing to do with it because we are not a criminal state, like the Russian Federation, and even more so, we are not a criminal state. terrorist”.

Putin and other Russian officials have not commented on Dugina’s death.

Potential escalation

Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Russian state media RT, said Russia should fire missiles at Ukraine’s “decision-making centers”, The Telegraph reported.

The Telegraph called her “one of Vladimir Putin’s favorite pro-war TV pundits”.

She did not explicitly say she blamed Ukraine, but called for attacks on Kyiv.

Minutes after posting the first news of Dugina’s death on Telegram, she shared the address of Ukraine’s security service headquarters in Kyiv and wrote: “I’ll try to sleep now, and when I wake up I’ll hope to read in the news that it was fucking bombarded with basements.”

She later wrote, “I don’t understand why there are still buildings on Bankova Street in Kyiv”, referring to the street with the Ukrainian presidential administration and other official buildings.

Russian outlet Tsargrad TV, where Dugina was a commentator and her father is an editor, said “Kyiv should shake off” the missile strikes, The Telegraph reported.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, summed up the uncertainty surrounding CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, saying he hoped Ukraine was not to blame. .

“There are so many factions and turf wars within Russian society, within the Russian government. Anything is possible.”

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