Execution of the witness: Details of Voronenkov's murder

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ex-deputy of Russian State Duma Denys Voronenkov was killed in Kyiv. The killer shot him four times
09:45, 24 March 2017

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Voronenkov was shot near the capital hotel Premier Palace at the intersection of Pushkinska Street and Shevchenko Blvd. The killer, apparently, was already waiting for the deputy. Voronenkov, along with the security guard, left the hotel, and was going to a meeting with former State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev, who also testified against Yanukovych. The ex-deputy received four bullets: one in the neck, two in the face area, one in the stomach. One of Voronenkov’s guards was wounded in the heart area, the former deputy was with a guard by Ukraine’s special services. The guard managed to injure the shooter before he tried to hide. Voronenkov’s murderer was wounded in the chest area and a shot in the head. The killer was on the verge of death, the doctors artificially maintained a heart rhythm, but he died on the operating table. The Prosecution General says that it was a professional killer, but surprisingly, his documents were found in his pocket. So far, information about his personality is not disclosed.

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About 20 cases were found on the scene. The killer used a TT pistol, and the security guard used Stechkin.

The video, shot in the first seconds after the murder, shows how the policeman helped the wounded guard to stand up. He held his stomach. The attacker was wearing a gray sports suit, and he also had gloves.

According to Prosecution General, the killer was brought to the hotel by a Daewoo car. Now they are trying to track the route of its movement. The Ministry of Internal Affairs said that the shooter is a citizen of Ukraine.

The wife of Voronenkov, Maria Maksakova, arrived at the place of the murder of her husband, now she is being interrogated.

It is already decided that the wife of Voronenkov and Ponomarev will have strengthened guard of the Security Service. Ex-State Duma deputy Ponomarev said that Voronenkov was afraid for his life, so he agreed to state protection.

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The body of the ex-deputy who was shot was taken from the scene of the crime. There while investigative actions proceed. The police have already withdrawn records from the security cameras, which recorded the moment of the murder. This intersection is equipped with several video cameras.

Versions of murder

The Kyiv Police registered criminal proceedings under Part 2. Art. 115 of the Criminal Code "willful killing". Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that Voronenkov was supposed to give testimony from the military prosecutor and they corresponded with sms. The department does not exclude that the killer was waiting not only for the ex-deputy, but also for his wife.

Lutsenko called the murder "an indicative execution of a witness." The Prosecution General names two priority versions - evidence in the case of Yanukovych's government and the smuggling of the FSB under the guise of the Russian president.

"Deputy Voronenkov worked in the Federal Service for Counteracting Drugs and Smuggling of the Russian Federation, he had a special rank of colonel, he was very famous for the Russian case of Three Whales." He himself was the head of the unit for the introduction of organized criminal groups. They discovered that the smuggling of furniture that was going to the Tri-Whale store; and it was only part of the huge smuggling of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, which resulted in the dismissal of several dozen FSB generals and, in particular, a person who later held a position in the Service Security "Rosneft,”close to the president of Russia," said Lutsenko.

Related: Voronenkov might have been killed due to FSB’s smuggle case covered by Putin

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the murder of Voronenkov "an act of state terrorism by Russia, which he was forced to leave for political reasons." The head of state pointed to the clear handwriting of Russian special services. According to him, Voronenkov was one of the main witnesses of Russian aggression against Ukraine, and emphasized, in particular, the role of Yanukovich in the introduction of Russian troops into Ukraine.

The President also considers it not accidental that the murder occurred on the same day as the explosions in Balakleya.

Related: Voronenkov's murderer died in hospital

Colleague of the murdered, Ilya Ponomarev, said that he had many enemies, and reminded that Voronenkov had already been assaulted earlier.

"Voronenkov knew a lot and knew that he was the most vulnerable to the" Putin’s" system ... Because of this, he had a lot of enemies, they already several times attempted to kill him. My main version is that these are the same people, Oleg Feoktistov, the former and acting general. I would like to add that in Russia there are several FSB generals who have the right to direct phone calls to Russian President Putin, Feoktistov is one of these generals,” he said.

Related: MIA: Killer of Voronenkov is citizen of Ukraine

Voronenkov planned to create in Ukraine a center for the investigation of money laundering by Russian special services and security forces.

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