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A Putin Ally's Daughter Was Killed Near Russia's Capital: What To Know

By Annabelle Timsit and Rachel Pannett

21 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The apparent murder of the daughter of a man known as “Putin’s Rasputin” may well become a new flashpoint in the war in Ukraine. The Washington Post tells you what you need to know.

The daughter of Alexander Dugin, a Russian nationalist and self-styled philosopher whose ideas helped shape President Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine, was killed in a car explosion near Moscow on Saturday night, in what Russian investigative authorities said looked like a "murder for hire."

The incident already appears poised to become a flash point, as pro-Russian factions blame Ukraine without evidence - and Ukrainian officials deny any involvement.

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