Russia says that Ukrainian special services blew up a car near Moscow over the weekend, killing the daughter of a friend of Vladimir Putin.
Darya Dugina, a journalist who was 29 years old, died on Saturday when the car she was driving blew up near Russia’s capital.
Alexander Dugin, her well-known ultranationalist father who is said to be close to Vladimir Putin, may have been the target of the attack.
Officials from Ukraine have said that they had nothing to do with the explosion.
But on Monday, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said it had solved the case and that Ukraine was directly to blame.
The FSB told Russian media that a Ukrainian woman and her young daughter had moved to Russia in July, but the woman was actually a Ukrainian special services contractor.
It was said that the woman rented an apartment for a month in the same building as Ms. Dugina to get ready for the attack. During that time, she is said to have driven around Moscow in a Mini Cooper with three different licence plates on it, following the journalist.
After the explosion, the suspect then ran away to Estonia, the FSB said.
Mykhailo Podolyak, who works for Ukraine’s President Zelensky, said that the FSB’s version of what happened was “Russian propaganda” from “a made-up world.”
Later, the FSB showed video of the accused’s car entering and leaving Russia, as well as security footage of her entering and leaving what is thought to be Ms. Dugina’s building.
Several of the guests yelled, “If the murder of Ms. Dugina was meant to scare Russia, it will have the opposite effect.”
Analyst Yekaterina Shulman thinks it’s strange that people who support the Kremlin are so angry about the car bomb attack. “The response… came right away. It looks like they were waiting for something like this to happen.”
Whoever did it, Ms. Shulman says, the killing “could be used to stir up public anger in the country in order to justify the state taking even more active repressive actions.”