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A Moscow car bomb threatens to further radicalize nationalists

Assassination of daughter of 'Putin's brain' triggers conspiracy claims

Russian politologist Alexander Dugin addresses the rally "Battle for Donbas" in support of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, in Moscow, on Oct. 18, 2014.    © Moscow News Agency/Reuters

TOKYO -- On Aug. 20, a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado heading toward Moscow near the suburb of Odintsovo evaporated into a fireball, instantly killing the lone female driver, political commentator Darya Dugina.

Police said she was killed by a bomb placed under the driver's seat. But she was less likely the target of the bombing than her father, Alexander Dugin, an author and media personality who, perhaps more than anyone, helped to create the intellectual underpinnings for Russia's war in Ukraine.

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