An explosion in the outskirts of Moscow has killed the daughter of a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin

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Daria Dugina, 29, was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser Sunday when the vehicle exploded.

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Authorities in Russia have launched a criminal investigation.

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She was the daughter of Alexander Dugin, who is often called "Putin's brain."

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Dugin is a prominent Russian nationalist intellectual whose vision of a revived Russian empire came to influence Putin's war in neighboring Ukraine.

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Dugin was placed on western sanctions lists as a key proponent of the Kremlin's forced annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

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He also backed Russia's decisions to send troops into Ukraine earlier this year.

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Several Dugin allies immediately suggested he was the target of the blast and blamed the Ukrainian government

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Dugina's death is the result of Russia's domestic instability and not any military action from his country.

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