Russia Blames Darya Dugina's Killing on Female Ukraine Citizen

Russia accused Ukraine's secret services and a female Ukrainian citizen on Monday of plotting the killing of Darya Dugina, daughter of an influential ally of President Vladimir Putin, in a car bombing in the Moscow suburbs.

Dugina's father, Alexander Dugin, has been credited with being a key architect of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and is also believed to have been a target of Saturday's attack.

"As a result of urgent detective measures, the federal security service has solved the murder of Russian journalist Darya Dugina, born in 1992," Russia's FSB security services said in a statement published by state-run news agencies.

"The crime was prepared and committed by Ukrainian special services," the FSB said.

Daria Dugina Car Bomb
The FSB has accused Ukraine’s secret services and a female Ukrainian citizen of plotting the of killing Darya Dugina. In this combination image, a file photo of Alexander Dugin, (L) the neo-Eurasianist ideologue, taken on 2016, Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) in Moscow on August 9, 2022 and a view of the general office of the FSB (KGB) building (Inset) in Moscow, Russia.

It accused an unnamed female Ukrainian citizen, born in 1979, of being involved in Dugina's killing, and added that she fled to Estonia on Sunday.

The FSB's statement alleged that the Ukrainian citizen arrived in Russia on July 23 together with her daughter, and rented an apartment in the same building as Dugina.

"On the day of the murder," the Ukrainian citizen and her daughter "attended the literary and music festival Tradition, where Dugina was present as an honorary guest."

The Ukrainian citizen subsequently left through the Pskov region to Estonia after the car explosion, the FSB said.

Ukraine has denied involvement in Dugina's death.

Dugina was killed Saturday when a bomb placed in a Toyota Land Cruiser exploded as she drove on a highway on the outskirts of Moscow. According to Russian media reports, the 30-year-old borrowed her father's car at the last minute.

The FSB alleged that the female Ukrainian citizen used a Mini Cooper car to "spy" on Dugina, and that she used license plates of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

"The materials of the investigation have been handed over to the [Russian] Investigative Committee," the FSB said.

The Russian Investigative Committee said Sunday it believed the blast that killed Dugina near the village of Velyki Vyazomy was no accident.

"Taking into account the data already obtained, the investigation believes that the crime was pre-planned and was of an ordered nature," the investigative committee said in a statement.

The latest development comes after Ilya Ponomarev, a former member of Russia's Duma who is now living in exile, alleged that the car bombing was organized by the so-called National Republican Army (NRA), an anti-Putin group, which had been unknown before Dugina's death.

Ponomarev said the NRA authorized him to issue their "manifesto" via his Telegram channel Rospartisan.

The group describes itself as consisting of Russian activists, military members, politicians who are "now fighters and partisans," and said it opposes the war launched by Russia against neighboring Ukraine.

Newsweek has reached out to Ukraine's Foreign Ministry for comment.

Update 8/22/22 10:15 a.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional information.