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Russia Security Affirms Ukrainian Secret Service Responsible for Dugina’s Murder

Aug. 22, 2022 (EIRNS)—The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) announced today that it has solved the Aug. 21 car bomb murder of Russian journalist Darya Dugina and has determined that it was masterminded by the Ukrainian secret services. The FSB reported that the perpetrator was one Natalia Vovk, a Ukrainian citizen. “As a result of urgent detective measures, the Federal Security Service has solved the murder of Russian journalist Darya Dugina, born in 1992,” TASS quoted the FSB. The special service found that “the crime was prepared and committed by Ukrainian secret services.” Its perpetrator was identified as Ukrainian citizen Natalia Vovk, born in 1979.

Vovk had arrived in Russia on July 23, 2022, together with her daughter Sofya Shaban, born in 2010. “On the day of the murder, Vovk and Shaban attended the literary and music festival Tradition, where Dugina was present along with her father Alexander Dugin. On Aug. 21, after a remote-controlled explosion of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado car Dugina was driving, Vovk and her daughter left through the Pskov Region to Estonia,” the FSB said.

To gather information about Dugina’s lifestyle, Vovk and her daughter rented an apartment in Moscow in the same building where the victim lived. To spy on the journalist, the criminal used a Mini Cooper car. When entering Russia, the vehicle carried a license plate of the Donetsk People’s Republic, E982XH DPR; in Moscow, a license plate of Kazakhstan 172AJD02; and when leaving, a Ukrainian license plate AH7771IP. “The materials of the investigation have been handed over to the Investigative Committee,” the FSB said.

TASS reports that a law enforcement official described the next steps. The source said, “Ukrainian citizen Natalia Vovk, who escaped to Estonia after committing the murder of Darya Dugina, will be put on the wanted list and her extradition demanded.”

Earlier on Sunday, Aug. 21 Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that if any link to Ukraine is found in the murder of journalist and political analyst Darya Dugina, Ukraine will be responsible for state terrorism. She wrote on her Telegram channel: “Russian law enforcement is investigating the death of Darya Dugina. If the Ukrainian trace is confirmed, and this version was voiced by D.P.R. head Denis Pushilin, and it must be verified by the competent authorities, then we are talking about a policy of state terrorism carried out by the Kiev regime.”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has sent a telegram of condolence to the parents of Darya Dugina:

“Dear Alexander Gelyevich and Natalia Viktorovna, please accept my sincere condolences and words of support in connection with the gravest, and irreparable loss that has befallen you,” the President wrote.

“A vile, cruel crime cut short the life of Darya Dugina, a bright, talented person with a true Russian heart: one that’s kind, loving, sympathetic and open. As a journalist, scientist, philosopher and war correspondent, she honestly served the people, the Fatherland, and proved with her deeds what it means to be a patriot of Russia.”

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