Estonia Says Russia Has Not Asked for Help With Dugina Inquiry
Estonia, accused by Russia of harboring Ukrainian woman blamed by Moscow for deadly weekend car bombingsaid on Monday that it had not received an official request for information or cooperation from Moscow regarding the attack that killed Daria Dugina, a Russian commentator and daughter of a prominent extremist. .
Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service, or FSB, on Monday accused Ukraine of organizing the murder of 29-year-old Ms Dugina and said it was carried out by a Ukrainian woman who had left. fled to Estonia shortly after the car bomb exploded. . The FSB released a video of her crossing the border into Estonia in a gray Mini Cooper.
The Estonian police agency declined to comment on whether the woman had entered the country, issuing a statement that said: “We can only share information about people who entered or left Estonia within the following days. the case is provided for by law – Russia’s FSB accuses us through the media, not one of them. “
It added: “We have not received any official requests for information from Russia regarding this matter.”
Russia and Estonia, a Baltic state that regained its independence in 1991 after decades of Soviet rule, have long had an uneasy relationship. Tensions have worsened significantly since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, prompting Estonia along with other Baltic states to push for tough sanctions against Moscow.
Tensions spiked last week after Estonia removed a World War II memorial depicting a Soviet T-34 tank on the Narva River, which marks the border between the two countries. In retaliation, a group of Russian hackers, Killnet, carried out the most severe wave of cyberattacks against Estonia in 15 years. A digital power accustomed to dealing with Russian cyber control, Estonian said it repelled the attacks.
A senior Russian lawmaker, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said on Monday that if Estonia did not hand over the woman blamed for the car bomb attack on Ms Dugina, there would be “every reason for the Union Russia has taken tough actions against the Estonian state. “
Estonia’s foreign ministry declined to comment.