Video of Dugina murder suspect released
The video shows Ukrainian national Natalya Vovk entering Russia and leaving it following Darya Dugina’s assassination.
The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has released a video of Ukrainian national Natalya Vovk, who has been designated as the main suspect in Saturday's car bombing in Moscow that killed journalist Darya Dugina.
The video released on Monday shows Vovk and her teenage daughter entering the building where Dugina lived, and simultaneously fleeing the country after the assassination.
‼️ 🇷🇺 FSB publishes video of Natalia Vovk suspect of killing Darya Dugina when she enters Russia,settles in the same house with the victim and leaves for Estonia. pic.twitter.com/N2WX7B9eDZ— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZmilitary1) August 22, 2022
The FSB named Vovk, 43, as the primary suspect in Dugina's murder on Monday.
To avoid detection, the Ukrainian national arrived in Russia on July 23 using Donetsk People's Republic license plates, as per FSB.
On the day of the crime, Vovk and her daughter went to the Tradition festival, where Dugina was participating, and after murdering her with a controlled explosion, they fled to Estonia via Russia's city of Pskov.
In further details, FSB affirmed that Vovk changed the license plates on her Mini Cooper to those of Kazakhstan, then she drove to Estonia with Ukrainian plates on Sunday, following the bombing.
It is worth noting that the video presentation proved that the license plate numbers on the car were altered three times (numbers of the DPR, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine were used).
Russian authorities also believe Vovk used her teenage daughter as a cover to move around Russia more freely.
She had rented an apartment in the same building as Dugina and was caught on the doorway camera.
A photo ID of Vovk in the Ukrainian National Guard uniform was published on the Russian internet in April as part of a dox of neo-Nazi Azov regiment members. According to the FSB, her surname is Shaban, which is the surname her daughter used when entering Russia.
It is noteworthy that Ukrainian Presidential Advisor Mykhailo Podolyak claimed on Sunday that Kiev had nothing to do with the "car accident" in Moscow that killed Dugina.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday expressed his "sincere condolences and words of support" following the murder of the daughter of Alexander Dugin, Russian political philosopher and analyst, in a car bombing.
"A vile, cruel crime ended the life of Darya Dugina, a bright, talented person with a real Russian heart -- kind, loving, sympathetic and open," Putin said in a message to Dugina's family released by the Kremlin.
Putin added that Dugina "proved with her deeds what it means to be a patriot of Russia."
In the same context, the Russian Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs underlined Monday that Estonia's refusal to extradite Dugina's murderer may be a reason for strict Russian measures.
First Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Vladimir Dzhabarov, wrote on his Telegram account that if Estonia refuses to extradite Natalia Vovk, the perpetrator of Dugina's murder, then there will be a basis for Russia to take tough measures against Tallinn.
Alexander Dugin hospitalized over shock of losing his daughter
In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen, the expert in Russian affairs Bassam Al-Bunni confirmed that there are reports that Alexander Dugin was rushed to the hospital after suffering from a nervous breakdown following the assassination of his daughter.
On Saturday night, a large explosion tore into an SUV on a highway 20 km away west of Moscow, instantly killing its driver, who was identified as political commentator Darya Dugina.
Dugin, the father, is an influential veteran political commentator, also known as one of the Kremlin's "ideological masterminds" and an occasional contributor to Al Mayadeen English.
The assassination was carried out at 21:35 Moscow time. Witnesses divulged that the explosion happened in the middle of the road, where debris and metal wreckage scattered in the air right before the car crashed into a fence, as seen in photos and videos.