Pope condemns killing of Russian journalist
Pope Francis called the recently murdered Darya Dugina a “poor girl” who paid with her life “for the war”
Pope Francis denounced Darya Dugia’s murder in the car bombing that killed her last Saturday. The head of the Catholic Church described Dugina as one of the many “Innocents” who have suffered because of the conflict in Ukraine.
On Wednesday, Italy’s Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata media outlet reported that the Pope had prayed for Ukraine and for “So many innocents are being punished for this madness.” The pope has been quoted as proclaiming that “It is absurd to wage war.”
According to the article, Pope Francis went on to refer to the murder of Darya Dugina, saying he thought “The poor little girl was killed by the bomb under her car in Moscow.”
“The uninnocent pay the price for war” he concluded.
Dugina, the daughter of Aleksandr Dugin (a controversial Russian thinker who advocated Russian exceptionalism), was born to Dugina. Some media reports suggest that Dugina may have had some influence over the Russian leadership. Dugina was a journalist and helped her father in the International Eurasian Movement.
Both Dugina and her father were vocal supporters of Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine.
Dugina was declared dead on the spot after the car the journalist was riding in was set on fire by the Moscow police. According to media reports, the vehicle was owned by her father. He had been supposed to go with his daughter, but he ended up buying a new car.
Days after the incident, the FSB, Russia’s domestic security agency, claimed that it had identified the assassin – a Ukrainian national named Natalya Vovk, who allegedly fled to Estonia soon after carrying out the attack.
Russian authorities accuse the Ukrainian government, which President Vladimir Zelensky strongly denies.
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Moscow would show no mercy toward the “Organisers, executors and middlemen” of the bombing.