Hundreds lined up in Moscow to pay their respects to Darya Dugina, the slain daughter of one of Russia’s most prominent nationalist thinkers, hailing her as a martyr whose death must be avenged by victory in the war in Ukraine.
Dugina, the daughter of ultra-nationalist Alexander Dugin, was killed in a car bomb attack outside the capital on Saturday. Moscow has accused Ukrainian intelligence agencies of orchestrating his murder, a claim Kyiv has denied.
Her father, Dugin, 60, who for decades pushed for the creation of a new Russian state that would annex the territory of countries including Ukraine, told mourners that his daughter “died for the people, died for Russia”.
“The enormous price we have to pay can only be justified by the highest achievement, our victory,” a visibly moved Dugin said.
“She lived for victory and she died for victory. Our Russian victory, our truth, our Orthodox faith, our state.
A large black-and-white portrait of Dugina, 29, who was reportedly close to her father and worked as a nationalist media commentator, hung on the wall behind her coffin.
Dugina’s death on Saturday night was followed by calls from Moscow’s political elite for more strikes on Ukraine, and raised fears in Kyiv of further attacks that would coincide with Ukraine’s Independence Day. Wednesday.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Monday that a Ukrainian citizen, who arrived in Russia in late July with her 12-year-old daughter, was behind Dugina’s murder. The FSB said that after the murder, the woman and her daughter crossed the border into Estonia. Ukraine has repeatedly denied Kyiv’s involvement in the car bombing and Estonia dismissed the Russian allegation as a “provocation”.
The funeral ceremony, which took place in a hall of the Moscow Television Center on Tuesday, was attended by several powerful pro-Kremlin businessmen and senior Russian politicians. Parliamentary leaders from the three main pro-Kremlin parties spoke at the service, praising Dugina as a patriot and promising to prosecute those who ordered his assassination.
Konstantin Malofeev, a wealthy pro-Kremlin conservative businessman close to the Dugin family, called Dugina a martyr whose death would make Russia “stronger” in its fight against Ukraine.
“The people who are fighting us do not understand that the Russian people are not just those who are alive now, but are those who lived before us and who will live after. And we will grow stronger with the blood of our martyrs.
“And thanks to the untimely end of our dearly beloved Dasha [Darya] we will certainly be victorious in this war,” he said.
In a particularly somber speech, Leonid Slutsky, the leader of the Nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, called on Russians to unite saying: “Whatever our political parties, our faith and our age, there can only be single approach: one country, one president, one victory.
Slutsky’s words instantly drew comparisons on Russian social media to the infamous Nazi-era slogan: “One people, one empire and one leader.”
Also present was Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with close ties to Vladimir Putin who faces Western sanctions for his ties to the private military group Wagner.
“Dasha was the cornerstone of Russian greatness and Russian strength. And the fact that they tried to knock down that stone only strengthened the foundation,” Prigozhin told reporters outside the funeral.
Russian state television, which broadcast extensive coverage of the funeral, also hailed Dugina as a martyr.
“I think Dasha Dugina is our Joan of Arc,” political commentator Alexei Mukhin said on Channel 1.
On Monday, Putin posthumously awarded Dugina the Order of Courage, writing in a condolence letter that she had a “true Russian heart: kind, loving, sympathetic and open.”