Day 179: Putin Ally's Daughter Killed by Car Bomb; Guterres Calls For Export of Russian Food and Fertiliser

Photo: AP [via The Washington Post]

The Facts

  • Daria Dugina, the daughter of close Putin ally Alexander Dugin, was killed near Moscow on Sat. after a suspected car bomb detonated. The vehicle she was driving belonged to her father - sometimes called "Putin's brain" by western media - who might have been the intended target.

  • Ukrainian officials have denied involvement in the incident, and have instead suggested that the 29-yr-old's death came about due to an internal dispute within Russia. Dugina was one of a number of Russian elites to be sanctioned by the US in Mar. and had publicly stated her support for the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

Making sure Ukraine continues to be well armed is the only way to fend off Putin and Russia in this unprovoked war of aggression. The US and NATO must not simply offer up their latest and most hi-tech weapons however; combat is about supply lines and the West must ensure basic equipment and ammunition are kept flowing as needed.

Establishment-critical narrative

Multi-billion dollar weapons packages will make little difference in the outcome of the war. The US has been meddling in Ukraine since the end of the Cold War, and what we're witnessing is a geopolitical ponzi scheme to benefit those aligned with the military-industrial complex. War is a lucrative racket.

Nerd narrative

There is a 13% chance that Ukraine will receive a security guarantee from another country before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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