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    Felshtinsky: 'The assassination of Dugin bears the marks of the GRU'. Did Putin give the permission?

    Alexander Dugin’s daughter was killed after Vladimir Putin’s ‘tacit approval’? Historian Yuri Felshtinsky points this out. In an interview with the British daily The Sun, he also stated that “there is no chance” that the Ukrainians did it. According to him, the case leads to the former employment of Dugin’s father – Russian intelligence.

    In his view, the GRU has “serious ideological disagreements” with Dugin, who is “too extreme even for Russia”.


    “He appears to be a leader, believes in his importance. Perhaps he was striving for a higher position, and some people did not want him to receive it. Dugin is a very controversial person with many enemies,” Felshtinsky, who lives in the US, says in an interview with the Sun.


    Dugin, a leading ideologue of Russian neo-imperialism, avoided death because he changed his plans at the last minute and did not drive the car in which the bomb was planted. His daughter was killed in the attack. The Russian authorities almost immediately accused Ukraine of carrying out the attack, which took place on Saturday evening.


    The attack bears traces of the GRU


    Felshtinsky believes that “there is no chance” that the attack was carried out by Ukrainians, and ruled out the possibility that it was the work of some opposition group in Russia. In his opinion, the attack bears traces of the GRU. He recalled that Dugin’s father was also a military intelligence agent. He explained that it is a Russian espionage tradition for a hit to be carried out by an organisation with links to the victim. He compared their modus operandi to the Mafia.


    “Yes, the way power is now built in Russia is very similar to the mafia. In Russia, the country is run by people from the state security apparatus and they run it like a mafia-style organisation,” he assessed.


    Permission from Putin


    In his view, the attack probably had acquiescence from Putin himself, but this was not explicitly expressed.


    “We have to understand that when permission is granted it is a silent permission. He would say ‘I am uncomfortable with what this person said, I think we will discuss how to eliminate his influence.’ It’s not that he would say ‘kill him’. This is not done,” Felshtinsky explained.



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