RIA Novosti has shown fragments of an interview with a man the agency calls the father of Natalya Vovk, a Ukrainian national suspected of killing Daria Dugina (the daughter of Russian philosopher and ideologist of the “Russian world” Alexander Dugin). The man’s face is not shown in the video. He does not state his name and does not specify the name of his daughter.
The man says that he thinks his daughter “served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces”, not in the Azov battalion. The man added that several days ago, his daughter had called him to say she was in Lithuania.
“Then she left because she had head surgery. She had a tumour of some sort. They put in some kind of plate. […] You know, she’s become… Different. Restless,” the man said.
Daria Dugina was killed in a car explosion on 20 August near the village of Bolshye Vyazemy in the Moscow region. The 29-year-old woman was behind the wheel of the car.
According to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the Ukrainian national rented a flat in the same apartment building as Dugina to plan out the murder. She also rented a Mini Cooper car, using the number plates of the self-proclaimed Donetsk “people’s republic” (“DPR”) Е982ХН DPR to enter Russia. In Moscow, she used Kazakh number plates 172AJD02, and Ukrainian AH7771IP plates when leaving Russia, the FSB stated.
The RaHDit hacker group, cited by RIA Novosti, claims that the 43-year-old Natalya Vovk is a soldier of Ukraine’s Azov battalion. Pro-Russian project NemeZida published the woman’s alleged personal data, as well as a picture similar to an ID card. Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine dismissed the picture as false. The Azov battalion also disproved this report.
Earlier, adviser to the Ukrainian president Mykhailo Podolyak declared that Ukraine had nothing to do with Dugina’s death.