By EMMANUEL YASHIM
MOSCOW- Russian politicians bade farewell at a service on Tuesday to Darya Dugina, the slain daughter of one of Russia’s most prominent nationalist ideologues, hailing her as a martyr.
The politicians say her death should inspire Russian forces fighting in Ukraine.
Dugina, daughter of ultra-nationalist Alexander Dugin, was murdered on Saturday in a car bomb attack outside Moscow.
Russia’s FSB security service has accused Ukrainian intelligence agencies of masterminding her killing, something Kyiv denies.
As the six-month anniversary of what Russia calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine looms on Wednesday, Dugina’s slaying has prompted calls among Moscow’s political elite for revenge.
The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has warned of an increased possibility of Russian military strikes.
Senior politicians, fellow nationalists, and friends filed past Dugina’s dark wooden casket in a hall at Moscow’s TV centre on Tuesday morning to say goodbye, lay flowers, and convey their condolences to her parents who were sitting nearby.
A large black and white photograph of the dead woman, 30, who worked as a journalist and nationalist media commentator, hung on a black wall behind her casket as sombre music played.
Her father, Dugin, 60, who has for years advocated the creation of a new Russian empire that would absorb the territory of countries such as Ukraine, told mourners that his daughter had died for Russia.
“If her tragic death has touched someone, she would have asked them to defend sacred (Russian) Orthodoxy, the people and the Fatherland.
“She died for Russia, in the motherland and on the frontline which is not in Ukraine but here,” said Dugin, dressed in black and visibly distressed.
Konstantin Malofeyev, a close family friend and a wealthy ultra-nationalist business tycoon, set the tone for many of the tributes that followed from Russian politicians.
The tributes hailed the murdered woman as a martyr whose death made it all the more important for Russia to prevail against Ukraine.
“The people fighting against us do not understand that the Russian people is not just made up of those who are alive now, but is made up of those who lived before us and will live afterwards.
“And we will become stronger with the blood of our martyrs.
“And thanks to the untimely end of our dear beloved Dasha (Darya). We will definitely be victorious in this war,” he said.
Russia accuses the United States and its allies of using Ukraine to wage a proxy war against it, including by supplying Kyiv with weapons and intelligence.
The West says it is helping Ukraine to defend itself against an imperial-style land grab by Moscow.
The parliamentary leaders of the three main pro-Kremlin parties spoke at the service, hailing Dugina as a patriot and promising that those who had ordered and carried out her murder would get their just deserts.
Leonid Slutsky, leader of the nationalist LDPR party, predicted that streets and squares would be named after Dugina before issuing a call for unity.
“One country, one president, one victory,” Slutsky told mourners.
A message of condolence was also read out from a Russian-backed leader in eastern Ukraine, and Sergei Mironov, who leads the Just Russia party in parliament, called for the destruction of what he called “the regime” in Kyiv.
“Victory will be the best monument to Dasha,” said Mironov. (Reuters/NAN)