Darya Dugina

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Person.png Darya Dugina  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Political activist, Journalist)
Darya Dugina.jpg
Born15 December 1992
Died20 August 2022 (Age 29)
Cause of death
car bomb
Alma materMoscow State University
Victim ofAssassination
Interest ofMyrotvorets
Russian journalist and political activist who was killed in a car bombing on the outskirts of Moscow on 20 August 2022

Darya Dugina was a Russian journalist and political activist who was killed in a car bombing on the outskirts of Moscow on 20 August 2022. She was the daughter of political philosopher Aleksandr Dugin, whose political views and support for Vladimir Putin she shared.[1]

On 6 July 2022,[2] she was placed on the Ukrainian kill list (Myrotvorets).[3]


After graduating from Moscow State University, Darya Dugina worked as a journalist, writing for the state-controlled media outlet RT and the pro-Kremlin conservative channel Tsargrad, using the pen name Daria Platonova. She was a political commentator for the International Eurasian Movement and was editor-in-chief of the website United World International.


Darya Dugina was a supporter of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, claiming that the alleged war crimes against Ukrainian civilians by the Russian army during the invasion were staged. Dugina said that the Special Military Operation in Ukraine "serves to break the bridges of interaction between Russia and Europe, a struggle between two worldviews".[4] In June 2022, Dugina visited occupied Donetsk and Mariupol and on 4 July 2022 was sanctioned by the British government, which accused her of being a "frequent and high-profile contributor of disinformation in relation to Ukraine and the Russian invasion of Ukraine on various online platforms".[5]

Darya Dugina responded by saying that she is an ordinary journalist and should not have been sanctioned. In June, Dugina visited the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, where she collaborated with British journalist Graham Phillips, who also worked for Russian state media.[6]


Main suspect

According to Russian state news agency TASS:

"The murder of journalist Darya Dugina has been solved, it was prepared by the Ukrainian special services, by Natalya Vovk a citizen of Ukraine," TASS reported, citing Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), which named a woman as the perpetrator and said she had fled to Estonia after the attack.

The FSB said that Natalya Vovk arrived in Russia on July 23 with her young daughter and attended a festival on Saturday near Moscow where Dugina was a guest of honour.[7]

"The criminals used a Mini Cooper car to monitor the journalist," TASS reported, citing the FSB, adding that the woman had rented an apartment in Moscow in the same building where Dugina lived.

After remotely detonating explosives planted in Dugina's Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, the FSB said the woman and her daughter drove through the Pskov region to Estonia, roughly a 12-hour journey.[8]

“Not so long ago, the FSB was directly engaged in smashing assassination attempts, organised by the SBU, against Russian journalists, as in the case of Olga Skabaeyeva and Vladimir Soloviev. It’s mind-boggling that Dugin and his family were not protected by the Russian intelligence/security apparatus.”
Pepe Escobar (23.08.2022)  [9]

2nd suspect

On 29 August 2022, Russia’s FSB identified Ukrainian national Bogdan Tsyganenko as the second suspect in the murder of Darya Dugina.

The FSB charged that Tsyganenko provided the main suspect, Natalya Vovk, with Kazakh ID documents belonging to a real person named Yulia Zaiko and fake licence plates, and helped her assemble an explosive device that was planted in Dugina’s car.[10]

Tsyganenko, 44, arrived in Russia via Estonia on 30 July 2022 and left the country the day before the killing, the FSB said.[11]

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