Russia’s so-called National Republican Army (NRA), which describes itself as an anti-Putin resistance group, has mocked claims by Russian security services that a Ukrainian woman was behind the assassination of Daria Dugina.

Shortly after Dugina was killed in a car bomb attack on the outskirts of Moscow, former Russian state deputy Ilya Ponomarev claimed the assassination was organized by the NRA.

Ponomarev also claimed that she and her father, Alexander Dugin, an influential ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, were both targets of the attack. Ponomarev’s claims could not be verified news week.

On Monday, after a brief investigation, Russian security services FSB accused Ukrainian secret services and a Ukrainian citizen of plotting Dugina’s murder. She accused the woman, who is said to have been born in 1979, of involvement in Dugina’s murder, adding that she fled to Estonia on Sunday.

Ukraine has denied any involvement in Dugina’s death.

The coffin of Russian Daria Dugina
The coffin of Russian woman Daria Dugina, who was killed in a car bomb blast last week, is seen during a farewell ceremony at the Ostankino television center in Moscow August 23, 2022. Daria Dugina followed in her father’s footsteps and became a well-known media personality, working for pro-Kremlin TV channels such as Russia Today and Tsargrad.
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The NRA, in a statement on Telegram’s Rospartizan channel, dismissed the FSB’s findings, claiming that the Russian authorities “are so afraid of the partisans that they are ready for any fables to maintain the appearance of total control.”

“So, according to the FSB, the Ukrainian woman is to blame for everything,” the group wrote, highlighting numerous intelligence findings, including that the Ukrainian citizen came to Russia with her daughter in July and rented an apartment in the same building as Dugina, Dugina was spying on and left the country with Ukrainian license plates.

“All this became known the day after the murder – that’s how fast the investigation goes!” wrote the NRA.

The NRA suggested that the Ukrainian woman, who according to the FSB entered Russia with her daughter and left for Estonia, is most likely a refugee from the occupied Mariupol region. The badly hit Ukrainian port city was captured by Putin’s forces in the early stages of the war that began on February 24.

“Thousands of such women are fleeing the occupied city via Russia to Europe. Playing this story is very convenient for Putin’s special services – they found the ‘culprits’ and have nothing to show,” the NRA continued.

Ponomarev said the NRA authorized him to issue their “manifesto” through his Rospartizan Telegram channel.

The group describes itself as made up of Russian activists, military personnel and politicians who are “now fighters and partisans” and said it opposes the war Russia started against neighboring Ukraine.

Estonia has also fought back attempts by Russia to blame Dugina’s death on a Ukrainian woman who is said to have fled to the Baltic country.

“We consider this as one case of provocation in a very long line of provocations by the Russian Federation and we have nothing more to say about it at the moment,” Urmas Reinsalu, Estonia’s foreign minister, told local TV channel Eesti Rahvusringhääling.

Last week, Estonia moved a Soviet-era tank monument off its border with Russia and was subsequently hit by the country’s biggest cyberattack in 15 years.

Reinsalu suggested that Russia was pressuring the country to support Ukraine amid the ongoing war.

“Why did Estonia experience the biggest cyberattacks since the Night of the Bronze Soldier? Why did the former President of Russia say two weeks ago that it was their fault that Estonia is still a free country?” he asked.

news week has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-ukraine-daria-dugina-car-bomb-national-republican-army-1735915 Anti-Putin ‘National Republican Army’ mocks Russia’s Dugina claims

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