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Darya Dugina Biography
Darya Aleksandrovna Dugina (15 December 1992 – 20 August 2022), also known as Daria Platonova.
Darya Dugina was a Russian journalist and political activist. She was the daughter of Aleksandr Dugin, a far-right political philosopher, whose political views and support for Vladimir Putin she shared.
Early Life and Education
Born on 15 December 1992 in Moscow, Darya Dugina was the daughter of Aleksandr Dugin and his second wife, philosopher Natalya Melentyeva.
In 2012/2013, while studying at Moscow State University, she was an intern at Bordeaux Montaigne University, specializing in Ancient Greek philosophy.
Darya Dugina Career
After university, she 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 affiliated with the International Eurasian Movement, and worked for them as a political commentator.
According to the United States Department of the Treasury, which added her on the US sanctions list on 3 March 2022, she was the chief editor of a disinformation website called United World International which it itself states is owned by Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, who also controls the state-backed Wagner Group. At the same time, she served as a press secretary for her father.
Dugina was an outspoken supporter of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. In particular, she claimed that the war crimes against Ukrainian civilians by the Russian army during the invasion were staged.
She thought that the war in Ukraine “serves to break the bridges of interaction between Russia and Europe, a struggle between two worldviews”. In June 2022, she visited occupied Donetsk and Mariupol.
On 4 July 2022, she 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”.
She responded by saying that she is an ordinary journalist and should not have been sanctioned.
Darya Dugina Killing
Dugina was killed at the age of 29 on 20 August 2022, when her car exploded on Mozhayskoye Shosse in the settlement of Bolshiye Vyazyomy outside Moscow around 9:45pm local time.
She was driving to Moscow after attending the annual festival “Tradition”, which describes itself as a family festival for art lovers.
The “Tradition” festival is held at the Zakharovo estate, approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) north of Bolshiye Vyazyomy.
Investigators said an explosive device was planted in the car. It is unclear whether she was targeted directly, or whether her father, who had been expected to travel with her but switched to another car at the last minute, was the intended target.
The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, claimed that Ukrainian authorities were behind the explosion.
The Ukrainian government denied any involvement, saying that “We are not a criminal state like the Russian Federation, much less a terrorist one.”
Ilya Ponomarev, a former member of Russia’s State Duma now living in exile in Ukraine, claimed that a Russian partisan group going by the name National Republican Army (NRA) was responsible for the attack.
Ponomarev says the NRA is an underground group working inside Russia dedicated to overthrowing the Russian state.
Dugina’s father, Aleksandr Dugin, in a statement called the killing a “terrorist act executed by the Nazi Ukrainian regime” and wrote that “we need only our victory”.
The Russian Federal Security Service claimed that Ukrainian special services were behind the killing, alleging that they hired a contractor, a Ukrainian national Natalya Vovk, who escaped to Estonia after the explosion.
Russian president Vladimir Putin sent a message of condolences to the family of Dugina, describing her as a “bright, talented person with a real Russian heart”. Putin posthumously awarded Dugina the Order of Courage.
Darya Dugina Net Worth
Darya Dugina was a Russian journalist and political activist. Her net worth is not available.