The leader of the group that claimed responsibility for the death of Daria Dugina predicted that the end of the rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin will come “quietly and fearfully”. Naturally, no one knows yet who exactly killed the daughter of a strategist close to Putin.
The leader of the National Republican Army (NRA), identified only as “Alexander”, told the Kyiv Post in an interview published on Thursday that Putin would be ousted “as soon as he becomes inconvenient for the elite”.
“Perhaps, he will spend three days lying in his office, like one of his predecessors. But it is very possible that he will lose his head in exchange for sanctions relief,” says Alexander.
“In other words, the old man will become a defendant and be blamed for everything that happened. Well, he certainly deserves it. However, his cronies will not be able to escape responsibility either. We have noted their every step “.
The anti-Putin group was unknown before Dugina, 29, was killed on August 20 when a bomb planted in her car exploded.
Dugina is the daughter of Alexander Dugin, a political philosopher and commentator known for promoting Russian propaganda and accused of being the architect of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Dugin is sometimes called “Putin’s brain” and “Putin’s Rasputin”.
After Dugina’s death, the former member of the Duma, Ilya Ponomarev, stated that he had been contacted by the NRA, which allegedly authorized him to publish their “manifesto”. The NRA’s “manifesto” says the group opposes the Russian-Ukrainian war and warns that Russian officials who do not resign will be “destroyed.” According to Ponomaryov, both Dugin and Dugina were targets of the explosion in the car.
But Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has named other suspects it says are behind the attack. Last week, Russian state media reported that the FSB had accused Ukraine’s secret services and a Ukrainian national of plotting Dugina’s death.
The FSB claims the Ukrainian woman traveled to Moscow in July to prepare for the murder and then fled to Estonia. Ukraine categorically denies involvement in Dugina’s death.
On Monday, the FSB accused another Ukrainian citizen of being involved in the explosion. Ukrainian Bogdan Tsyganenko is said to have helped the female suspect by providing her with a fake identity card and fake license plates and helping her assemble the bomb.
In an interview with the Kyiv Post, Alexander confirmed that the targets were Dugina and her father. He stated that while the NRA does not believe that a violent overthrow of the Russian government is currently possible, a split among the Russian elite may begin to undermine the Putin regime from within.
“And we, the NRA, will do it from below,” Alexander added.
There are several unconfirmed indications that Putin is losing the trust of some Russian elites. In May, an independent Russian news agency reported that a growing number of elites, including some who supported the invasion of Ukraine, were unhappy with him.
In March, Ukrainian intelligence reported that Russian elites were planning to oust Putin and already had his successor in mind. Newsweek was unable to independently confirm these reports, and since the release of the Ukrainian intelligence information, several months have passed without any known anti-Putin rebellion among Russian oligarchs