ALEXANDER DUGIN’S DAUGHTER DIES IN EXPLOSION: HAVE THE GAMES ...
This story is already known to some of you who frequent this website's forum, but in case you missed it, the daughter of Russian geopolitical philosopher Alexander Dugin died in an explosion, according to this article from RT:
I have to admit that when I saw a picture of Darya Dugin, Mr. Dugin's daughter, I was deeply saddened that such a pretty young woman would die in such a fashion. My heart goes out to Mr. Dugin and his family.
But there are some things I have to notice. In case you do not know who Mr. Dugin is, the best way to describe him is that he is contemporary Russia's philosopher of cultural geopolitics, and as such, is Russia's answer to Britain's turn-of-the-last-century geopolitician, Sir Halford Mackinder. If you're a paying member of this website, I've actually reviewed some of Mr. Dugin's provocative books in a webinar in the members' area called Russia's Current Strategic Analysis, Part Two: A Survey of the Socio-Cultural and Geopolitical Thought of Alexander Dugin.
With this brief introduction in mind, to the details of the article:
A powerful explosion ripped apart an SUV near Moscow on Saturday night, instantly killing its driver, identified as Darya Dugina, the daughter of Russian political commentator Aleksandr Dugin.
The incident took place on a highway 20km west of Moscow at around 9:35pm local time, with witnesses saying the blast occurred in the middle of the road, scattering debris all around. The car, which was engulfed in flames, then crashed into a fence, according to photos and videos from the scene.
The emergency services said one person was inside the car and was instantly killed by the blast – a female whose body was reportedly burned beyond recognition.
The authorities have yet to officially confirm the identity of the victim, but multiple Russian Telegram channels and media sources reported that the victim was Darya Dugina (Platonova), 30. Her father, Aleksandr Dugin, was spotted at the scene soon after the incident, visibly shocked, according to several videos circulating on social media.
Preliminary reports suggested that a home-made explosive device might have been involved, but investigators have yet to confirm the cause of the blast or any potential motive.
Earlier on Saturday evening, Dugin was giving a lecture on ‘Tradition and History’ at a family festival in Moscow Region. His daughter was in attendance. Unconfirmed reports say Dugin initially planned to leave the festival with her but later decided to take a separate car, while Darya took his Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.
Western media has painted Dugin as a driving force behind President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy over the past decade. In recent months, CBS dubbed him “the far-right theorist behind Putin’s plan,” while the Washington Post called him a “far-right mystical writer who helped shape Putin’s view of Russia.”
In Russia, the supposed shadowy puppet master is largely considered to be a marginal figure. While he has served as an adviser to several politicians, Dugin never enjoyed official endorsement from the Kremlin. In 2014, he was fired from his position at Moscow State University, after critics interpreted his call to “kill, kill, kill” those behind massacres in Ukraine, such as the Odessa tragedy, as a call for a genocide against Ukrainian people.
The US think tank RAND Corporation wrote in 2017 that despite Western media reports of Dugin’s alleged “ties and connections” to the Russian leadership, he is “perhaps best thought of as an extremist provocateur with some limited and peripheral impact than as an influential analyst with a direct impact on policy.” (Boldface emphasis added)
And there you have it. By any assessment, Mr. Dugin is a controversial figure, and my best guess is that his influence within Russia is more than RT lets on, and less that the western media has made him out to be. Or to put it differently, he is the most vocal and well-known formulizer of Russia's current geopolitical and cultural policy. In that respect, he is a hugely important figure.
Which brings us to the car-bombing of his daughter.
The article suggests that the bomb was (1) an improvised device, implying that it might not have been a "professional hit," and (2) that the bomb appears to have been meant originally for Dugin himself, rather than his daughter. Given the fact that both he and his daughter were in attendance at a "family festival" where Dugin presented a talk on "Tradition and History," we may assume that (3) the bomb was planted after the Dugins' arrival there, and before their departure.
This now raises the question of who would want to kill Mr. Dugin. The improvised device makes it seem as if he and his daughter were merely the victims of an individual with a "score to settle," perhaps an angry Ukrainian, perhaps even a person with a more personal grudge. In short, perhaps we're merely looking at an ordinary crime involving an extraordinary person.
Or... perhaps we are looking at a much larger picture: a hit against a man who is the public face of a philosophy and policy more or less that of post-Soviet Russia. In which case one must ask the inevitable Who? and Why? The why would seem self-evident: it's a message, and one sent at a relatively low-level, but with clear intention to warn against pursuing the "current course." It's the kind of message that would be sent by someone intent on sending it, but without the resources to send it to a more secure, high-ranking, and protected target. It's a message sent by someone whose intelligence and covert operations assets, in other words, are not adequate for bigger targets at present.
Which leaves the Who? Here again, if this is not simply an ordinary crime, then the who, given Mr. Dugin's philosophical positions, would also seem clear: the West, and Mr. Globaloney.
In short, if this is not an ordinary crime, then it's a message which either missed its intended target due to Ms. Dugin's and Mr. Dugin's last minute change of plans, or the bomb was detonated remotely, and Ms. Dugin paid with her life to send a message to, and through, her father. Either way, if that scenario be the case, then we are perhaps also looking at the latest in the covert operations game.
That, as I've been repeatedly warning over the years, is a game that can be played by two or more players. If this was the latest move in that game, then sooner or later we should expect that the Russians will take the gloves off, and respond in kind... if so, watch for coincidental accidental deaths, suicides, accidents, and so on...
See you on the flip side...
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