Alexander Dugin, a prominent Russian ultranationalist, said his daughter Darya Dugina died for his country, as he delivered a moving speech at a memorial service in Moscow on Tuesday.
“She died for our victory, our Russian victory, for the sake of the orthodoxy of our country, of our state,” he said.
Dugina, the editor-in-chief of a Russian disinformation site, was killed on Saturday by a car bomb in a Moscow suburb.
“Since childhood, her first words, which of course we taught her, were Russia: our state, our people, our empire,” Dugin said at her daughter’s memorial.
“She wasn’t scared, and the last thing she said, when we spoke at the Tradition Festival, she was like, ‘Dad, I feel like a warrior, I feel like a hero . I want to be like this, I don’t want any other fate. I want to be with my people, with my country,” Dugin said.
“In my last lecture, we were side by side and I told him that our history is a constant battle of light and darkness. God and his adversary, and that we are now in this situation and our political situation and our war in Ukraine, but not with Ukraine. This is also part of this war: light and darkness,” he added.
Dugin said he “could feel how happy she was” after the Russian Federation awarded Dugina a posthumous Order of Courage in a decree Putin signed on Monday.
The Russian president sent his condolences to Dugina’s family on Monday.
“A despicable and cruel crime cut short the life of Darya Dugina, a brilliant and talented person with a real Russian heart – kind, loving, sympathetic and open. Journalist, scientist, philosopher, war correspondent, she honestly served the people, the motherland, she proved by her deeds what it means to be a patriot of Russia,” Putin said in a statement posted on the Kremlin Telegram channel. .
Denis Pushilin, head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, also offered his condolences and praised Dugina’s support for the Donbass region, saying that she “fearlessly came to the burning cities of the republic to tell the world the truth about what is happening in our country”. in remarks delivered on his behalf during the service.
Russia has blamed Ukrainian special services for the murder of Dugina, TASS reported on Monday.
Ukraine has denied any involvement in Dugina’s murder, calling Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) a fiction.