The New York Times reported on Wednesday that US intelligence agencies believe parts of the Ukrainian government were behind the slaying of Darya Dugina, the daughter of the prominent Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin.
Dugina, who was a political scientist and journalist, was killed by a car bomb outside of Moscow back in August while driving a car owned by her father, who is suspected to have been the ultimate target of the blast. The Times report said that US officials “admonished” Ukrainian officials over the killing and that the US didn’t take part in the assassination.
The US officials said they fear Ukraine’s covert operations inside Russia could escalate the war in Ukraine to a wider conflict. But Dugina’s killing hasn’t changed Washington’s policy as the report said the US concerns had “not prompted any known changes in the provision of intelligence, military and diplomatic support to Mr. Zelensky’s government or to Ukraine’s security services.”
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U.S. Reportedly Thinks Ukraine Authorized Killing Of Putin Ally Daria Dugina
New intelligence from American officials suggests Ukraine approved a car bombing within Russia that killed Daria Dugina, the daughter of an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the New York Times reported Wednesday, weeks after Russia accused Ukraine’s security services of carrying out the August attack—a charge Ukraine has denied.
U.S. officials did not play a role in the attack and criticized Ukrainian officials for authorizing it, according to the Times, which reported that intelligence on the attack was distributed within the U.S. government last week, citing unnamed officials.
It’s not clear which parts of the Ukrainian government were believed to be involved, or whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was aware of the attack. American officials are concerned the killing—which Ukraine has denied organizing—and further political assassinations don’t help the country’s efforts to fend off Russian forces and could spur Russian attacks on Ukrainian officials, the Times reported.
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A journalist assassinated. Darya Dugina-Platonova (1992-2022)
By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos
The murder of the Russian journalist, political scientist and activist Darya Dugina-Platonova, and the planned – according to all indications – murder of her father, Aleksandr Dugin, a philosopher and politician with significant influence on Russian public opinion and the armed forces, on the outskirts of Moscow, in the very heart of Russia, must be considered as an act of terrorism. In particular as it was a political crime targeting two persons not for their actions or their decisions, but for the journalistic work of Darya Dugina and for the ideas expressed by her and her father. That makes this assassination totally reprehensible from the point of view of the so-called “Western civilisation” and those who invoke it on every occasion.
Significantly, the murder was preceded by the inclusion of Darya in US sanctions for “disinformation”. That is, again, not for her actions, but for how she did her journalistic and political work and the ideas she expressed. It is believed that her last report from Donbas enraged Ukrainian nationalists (and, we guess, the special services of the “collective West” behind them).
Insofar as this murder is linked, even indirectly, to the present conflict between the West and Russia, it has no historical precedent, even in the worst moments of the Cold War.
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