Car blast kills daughter of Russian known as 'Putin's brain'

The daughter of a Russian nationalist ideologist who is often referred to as “Putin's brain” was killed when her car exploded on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said Sunday.

The Investigative Committee branch for the Moscow region said the Saturday night blast was caused by a bomb planted in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina

The 29-year-old was the daughter of political theorist Alexander Dugin

a prominent proponent of the “Russian world” concept and a vehement supporter of Russia's sending of troops into Ukraine.

Dugin's exact ties to President Vladimir Putin are unclear,

but the Kremlin frequently echoes rhetoric from his writings and appearances on Russian state TV. 

He helped popularize the concept of “Novorossiya" (New Russia) that Russia used to justify the annexation of Crimea and its support of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

He promotes Russia as a country of piety, traditional values and authoritarian leadership, and disdains Western liberal values.

Dugina expressed similar views and had appeared as a commentator on the nationalist TV channel Tsargrad.

She was sanctioned by the United States in March for her work as chief editor of United World International, a website that the U.S. described as a disinformation site.