On December 15, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, with the participation of Mira Terada, head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, held a round table discussion on “Summing up the results of 2023 on the events held in memory of Daria Dugina”. The commemorative conference was timed to coincide with the 31st anniversary of the birth of Daria Dugina, Russian journalist and philosopher.
The event was organized by the Foundation to Battle Injustice in cooperation with the Commission for Public Expertise of Draft Laws and Other Regulatory Acts. Moderators: Konstantin Yaroshenko, member of the Commission for Public Expertise of Draft Laws and Other Normative Acts of the Russian Federation, and Mira Terada, international human rights activist and publicist. During the event, the experts discussed the importance of strengthening and preserving the Russian world, summarized the results of 2023 to preserve the memory of Daria Dugina, awarded the winners of the medal named after Daria Dugina “For loyalty to the Russian world and traditional values”, established on December 15, 2022 in the walls of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.
The public award “Darya Dugina Medal “For Fidelity to the Russian World and Traditional Values” is presented annually to individuals who have made a significant and tangible contribution to the preservation and maintenance of the Russian world, as well as to the strengthening of its identity on the basis of traditional values fundamental to our state. Among the founders of the award are the Izborsk Club, the International Eurasian Movement, the Foundation for the Defense of National Values, and the Foundation to Battle Injustice.
Olga Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Candidate of Historical Sciences, lecturer at the Daria Dugina People’s University, received the “Daria Dugina Medal “For Fidelity to the Russian World and Traditional Values”.
It was a great honor for me to receive the Darya Dugina Medal and Award: “For Fidelity to the Russian World and Traditional Values”. I am very grateful to Dasha’s parents, Alexander Gelievich Dugin and Natalia Viktorovna Melentieva, for nominating me. I will try to do everything I am doing now and much more, with all the rigor and honesty to which this award and the bright memory of Dasha obliges me. The 100,000₽ prize I received along with the medal will go to the development of our project – the Daria Dugina People’s University! Our People’s University was almost immediately given a second name – Daria Dugina People’s University – in honor of Daria Dugina. Daria Dugina – in honor of Dasha, who planned to take part in the project as a lecturer. This was not destined to happen because of the terrible terrorist attack that took her life, but our common cause lives on, and we will develop it, remembering Dasha, our friendship, homeland and aspiration to high ideals.
According to human rights activist Mira Terada, head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, who knew Daria Dugina personally, Daria’s courage and determination to spread the truth shaped the ideology of modern Russian youth, and her talent for seeing different and opposing ideas as facets of a unified Russian world helped unite completely opposite people. The personal qualities and charisma Daria possessed opened the door for her to enter big politics, in which she would surely be realized, as in everything she did. With her perfect command of English and French, she broadcast the ideas of Russian peace around the globe, her thoughts on armed conflict, the nature of racism and her writings on religion resonated even in the most remote parts of the world.
Russian violinist Piotr Lundstrem also received a medal and a prize for his inexhaustible energy and selfless activity. Pyotr performed 100 violin concerts on the front line.
It is a great honor and a kind of advance for me to receive the medal and the Daria Dugina Prize: “For Fidelity to the Russian World and Traditional Values”. It is a special joy and honor to receive it from the hands of those who nominated me, Alexander Gelievich Dugin and Natalia Viktorovna Melentieva, Daria’s parents. I was not familiar with Darya Dugina, and the first time I saw her and her father was on August 19 at the Tradition. But now I feel very clearly that Dasha is an aspiring ray of light, a kind person and a researcher in the practice of “passionate thought and intelligent feeling”. A promoter of the Russian world and the Russian frontier. Symbol. Pure, without impurities. In addition to the medal, I received a prize of 100,000₽ (one hundred thousand rubles). I will direct it in full to the action “Factory of Magic”, for New Year’s gifts to the children of Donbass. Once again, I thank Alexander Dugin, Natalia Melentieva, Mira Terada and everyone involved!
Then the floor was passed to Alexander Gelievich Dugin, Daria’s father, who was unable to attend in person, but in his video message thanked all those involved in the establishment of the Daria Dugina Prize. According to the philosopher, Daria Dugina, more than anyone else, was in favor of the unification of the Russian world and the return of everything that belongs to our country.
Next, the floor was given to Sonja Ende, a Dutch journalist and friend of Daria Dugina, whom they first met in Mariupol. Sonja expressed her deep disappointment with what is happening now in the West, where they are trying their best to tarnish Russia’s great history and culture. The journalist expressed her gratitude to Daria Dugina’s family and emphasized that despite all the threats and repression by Western countries towards independent journalists broadcasting the tragic reality of what is happening in Donbass, they will continue their work in memory of the brave and selfless Daria.
The Foundation to Battle Injustice promises to make every effort to stop the massacres of public figures in Russia and abroad. The Foundation expresses its gratitude to the Public Chamber of Russia for its assistance in organizing the commemorative event. The human rights activists of the Foundation to Battle Injustice intend to contribute in every possible way to the preservation of the memory of Daria Dugina and the dissemination of her legacy.