Hundreds of people, including lawmakers, writers and cultural leaders, attended a televised memorial service on Tuesday in Moscow for Daria Dugina, a right-wing commentator who was killed in a car bombing over the weekend, with many calling for vengeance and vowing that Russia would win the war in Ukraine.
At the event at the main television center in Moscow, people laid flowers near the coffin and expressed condolences to her father, Aleksandr Dugin — a political theorist and prominent supporter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine who has long called for Moscow to adopt an expansionist foreign policy — and her mother, Natalia Melentieva.
In a TV studio converted into a memorial hall, Ms. Dugina’s parents sat beside the coffin, underneath a large black-and-white photo of their 29-year-old daughter, sometimes joined by her friends and associates. Many turned to a microphone to speak, insisting that Ms. Dugina’s death would strengthen Russia’s resolve.
Russian authorities on Monday accused the Ukrainian special services of ordering and planning Ms. Dugina’s killing on a highway in a wealthy district outside Moscow. Ukrainian officials have denied the claim, and a top Ukrainian official on Tuesday accused Russia’s intelligence agency, the F.S.B., of carrying out the bombing.
Mr. Dugin was among the first to speak, and said that his daughter had “died in front of his eyes.” He did not explain further, but there were reports in Russian media outlets that he had been traveling in a separate car behind Ms. Dugina.
“Her death could only be justified by the highest achievement — by victory,” he said, bursting into tears. “She lived in the name of victory and died in its name, in the name of our Russian victory.”
Sergei Mironov, a Russian lawmaker and leader of the Just Russia party, accused President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine of ordering the killing and said his government must be deposed by Russia. Leonid Slutsky, a State Duma deputy, said that political forces in Russia must unite behind President Vladimir V. Putin: “one country, one president, one victory.”
Other Russian officials read letters, including from Mr. Putin, who awarded Ms. Dugina posthumously with Russia’s Order of Courage, given to Russians for acts of courage and valor. Patriarch Kirill I, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, also sent condolence statements.
Some Russian media reports have said that Mr. Dugin was the likely target of the blast, but the F.S.B. described his daughter as the intended target. The F.S.B. said a Ukrainian woman had been contracted to carry out the bombing and that she then left Russia for Estonia.
Estonia has been among Europe’s leading critics of the Kremlin, and its foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, on Tuesday called the allegation the latest “provocation in a very long line of provocations” by Russia. The Estonian Foreign Ministry reiterated a call for Estonians to avoid traveling to Russia.
Oleksiy Danilov, the chief of Ukraine’s national security and defense council, on Tuesday accused the F.S.B. — which has previously been suspected of staging political attacks for political ends — of carrying out the killing. Ukraine’s presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Twitter that the F.S.B.’s accusation was “propaganda” from a “fictional world.”
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