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Window on Eurasia — New Series: FSB Thinks Kyiv Decided to Kill Dugin’s Daughter After Learning Who He Is, Russians Say

Paul Goble

            Staunton, Aug. 25 – Every event in Russia and even every official explanation offered for it by the authorities is the occasion for an anecdote. The killing of the daughter of Aleksandr Dugin has been no exception, with Russians offering their very own explanation of how the FSB sees what happened.

            According to the story now circulating in Moscow, the FSB assumes the Ukrainian special services decided to frighten Moscow by killing Darya Dugina but did so only after someone explained to them that he is “an insane Orthodox conspiracy theorist.” The Ukrainians then decided that doing her in would be the perfect way to show that Russia is finished.

            This is just one of the current anecdotes collected by Moscow journalist Tatyana Pushkaryova (  Among the best of the rest are the following:

·       The task of Kremlin propagandists is not to convince anyone about what is happening but to constantly raise the specter that something even worse is going to happen. That works to keep everyone quiet about existing problems.

·       Russian elites support Putin’s war in Ukraine because they feel like rejected lovers. They first tried to join the West, were rejected, and now are taking their revenge.

·       The story of the war in Ukraine is that in many places it is a battle between South Korean drones used by Ukrainian forces and North Korean ones used by the Russian military.

·       A country like Russia is really in trouble when being smart is not only unprofitable but outright dangerous.

·       When rulers can’t rattle coins, they start rattling sabres.

·       Russian forces report to Putin that they have won a victory. You’ve taken Kyiv? He asks. No, we’ve arrested Yevgeny Royzman. That’s nothing Putin says; keep working.

·       Putin says he has a plan for the war in Ukraine just as he said he had a plan for the country in 2007. But no one was shown either and so no one knows what the plan really is and whether it is being fulfilled.

·       The Duma is about to pass a law “on the introduction of unanimity in Russia” that Kozma Prutkov first called for two centuries ago. Under its terms, everyone will have to agree with everything all the time.

Window on Eurasia — New Series

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