A memorial service for Daria Dugina, who died in a vehicle bombing on August 23 in Moscow, is attended by Alexander Dugin. AP photo by Dmitry Serebryakov hide caption
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A memorial service for Daria Dugina, who died in a vehicle bombing on August 23 in Moscow, is attended by Alexander Dugin.
AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov Daria Dugina’s burial was broadcast on television in Russia earlier this week, just days after she was killed in a vehicle explosion in Moscow.
Dugina was a Russian propagandist who advocated on TV and the internet for her nation’s invasion of Ukraine. Because of the violence involved in her killing and the significance of her father, Alexander Dugin, in politics, it garnered international attention.
According to Marlene Laruelle, head of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University, it also suggested that Moscow’s elite could not feel secure in their own city.
She claimed that “the battle is gradually approaching them in Russian land.”
Even while we are unable to determine who carried out the murder and who the intended victim was, the message it conveys is that if a terrorist attack can occur in Moscow during a time of war, it indicates that the ruling class is suddenly no longer feeling secure.
Laruelle visited All Things Considered to talk about the political ramifications of Daria Dugina’s passing as well as the rise and fall of Alexander Dugin.
For length and clarity, this interview has been gently modified.
A HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INTERVIEW Alexander Dugin’s ancestry
He was one of the first people in Russia to develop a sort of political vocabulary of Russia’s enormous power and empire, which made him quite well-known in the 1990s. He did, however, lose some of his notoriety in the 2000s, and a number of other ideologists emerged who had a considerably greater impact on the regime’s type of strategy. In Russia, he has been rather sidelined. Outside of Russia, his fame is greater.
The 1990s saw the rise to fame of Alexander Dugin. Fran Ebel/AP remove caption
switch to caption Image by Francesca Ebel/AP The 1990s saw the rise to fame of Alexander Dugin.
Fran Ebel/AP Regarding his views on Ukraine
Since the outset, he has had a strong anti-Ukrainian worldview, which is evident in some of his most well-known work from the mid-1990s. He claimed that Ukraine is a fabrication of the West as part of an anti-Russian campaign and does not exist as a state or nation.
And at the time, that was not a very common occurrence. However, he really began working on many other nations after that, developing a broad geopolitical vision for Russia as an empire. He has also always had strong anti-Ukrainian sentiments, to the point where Ukraine has previously forbade him from accessing Ukrainian land for about 15 years. He was already persona non grata in Ukraine by the middle of the 2000s.
Whether or not Dugin’s influence over Vladmir Putin is known
No, we’re not even certain they’ve interacted. Putin has never cited Dugin, and like many other philosophies, Dugin is not associated with any recognized organization. He only appears on a tiny, orthodox, far-right online station. Therefore, he is not one of the traditional propagandists who are actually given access to discussion shows.
What’s interesting is that his daughter was. His daughter was able to be invited to all of these controversial talk shows because she was more mainstream in a way. Due to the difficulty of his thinking, he has been only marginally effective. It’s really intellectual and theological, therefore it’s difficult to broadcast on television and get a sizable audience.
On the scene of the explosion of Daria Dugina’s automobile outside of Moscow, investigators are at work. hide caption AP
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On the scene of the explosion of Daria Dugina’s car outside of Moscow, investigators are at work.
Popularity of AP On Dugin in global far-right communities
He is a very well-known figure in modern far-right thought. He was able to read all of the far-right productions from Europe, translate in Russia, and even translate his own work into English, French, German, Italian, Arabic, and Iranian because to his extensive linguistic proficiency.
He has so successfully created networks of far-right, multinational, and transnational individuals that extend to Latin America. He was able to portray this new empire of conservative principles as being in opposition to the so-called decadent West, liberal culture, and other things. It’s a story that has really struck a chord with many of the far-right movements’ objectives in Europe.
What Daria Dugin’s passing might signify politically
I believe that the conservative reactionary groups will take her passing to make a martyr out of her. She was a young, attractive woman, which will contribute to the legend of her martyrdom. Her passing will likely be exploited on a worldwide scale for domestic persecution by the authorities as well as conservative circles. The regime will need to demonstrate its ability to respond to a terrorist attack, which most likely entails further repression.
Manuela Lopez Restrepo revised this tale for the internet.