The daughter of a significant Ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin was killed in an explosion on the outskirts of Moscow.

While she was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser, the vehicle exploded on the way.

Authorities in Russia have launched a criminal investigation.

Daria Dugina, 29, was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, who was also called "Putin's brain."

As a major supporter of the Kremlin's compelled acquisition of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, Alexander Dugin was added to western sanctions lists.

The decision by Russia to send troops into Ukraine earlier this year was also supported by him.

Several of Dugin's allies promptly alleged that he was the explosion's intended target and blamed Kiev, which denied any involvement in the tragedy.

The death of Dugina, according to Mykhailo Podolyak, a key adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was caused by internal turmoil in Russia rather than any military action by that nation.

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