Spring in Kyiv: 5 resonant murders, three of which were contracted

Author : Tetiana Sviatenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

This list includes: Viktor Pankov, former Acting Director of state enterprise "Ukrspyrt", ex-deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Denys Voronenkov, and Odesa businessman Olexander Ryazhev
09:39, 1 June 2017

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Spring in Kyiv was rich for a variety of events, but the loudest of them, of course, are criminal ones. For three months, five resonant murders were committed in the capital, three of which were contracted ones. This list includes: Viktor Pankov, former Acting Director of state enterprise "Ukrspyrt", ex-deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Denys Voronenkov, and Odesa businessman Olexander Ryazhev. All three men were shot. In addition, because of the conflict on the road, a biker was shot from a passing car, and smoking in the wrong place led to the fact that a passer-by killed a smoker with one blow. Find out more details about the above-mentioned crimes in our material.

A malefactor shot dead Viktor Pankov, the former acting director of the state enterprise Ukrspyrt in Darnytsya district of Kyiv. The murder took place near Alladin shopping mall at 8.30 a.m. He walked to the car, which was parked near the side of the road. He was shot in the back, according to the police, the malefactor made 4-5 shots. The medical professionals tried to save Pankov’s life but he died of traumas. The shooter succeeded to escape. Amber alert is announced in Kyiv, the police search for red Audi car.


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In the evening of May 24, a motorcyclist was shot on Kharkivske highway in Kyiv. The man on a motorcycle was shot from a passing car Seat. Couple of shots were made in the direction of the pilot of the motorcycle, he drove a few meters and fell down. He died on the spot. The police quickly established the identity of the shooter. According to media reports, this was the vice-champion of the world on sumo wrestling Dmytro Slepchenko. As Kyiv police told us, the shooter whose identity was not officially announced officially, came to the law enforcers with confession, together with his wife, who was driving the car at the time of the murder. During the testimony, the man confirmed the main version of the investigation - a conflict between him and the biker occurred on the road. He was declared suspicious.


May 4, in Obolon district of Kyiv, near one of the fast-food restaurants, a man with one blow killed a person for smoking in an unacceptable place. The man smoked in the wrong place and swore, yelling at the passing-by people. The stranger made a comment to the man, a verbal skirmish occurred, during which the suspect hit the swearing person in the face, and he fell on the asphalt. According to the preliminary medical reports, the 34-year-old resident of Kyiv died as a result of a craniocerebral trauma. Later, on May 16, the man who inflicted the death blow, himself surrendered to law enforcement officers - came to the prosecutor's office of Obolon district. After being identified by one of the witnesses, he was declared suspicious.

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Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine

March 23, ex-deputy of Russian State Duma Denys Voronenkov was killed in Kyiv. 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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On March 8, businessman Olexander Ryazhev was returning home with two children when his car was fired; it took place in the Antonovych street, near the palace "Ukraine". The father was shot in front of the children. Shooter fired six bullets in the car the businessman, Ryazhev died on the spot, the children were hospitalized. The media found out that the reason for the shooting of Ryazhev could be a card debt. Ryazhev (“Benya”) was a businessman known in Odesa.

He was a co-owner of the popular city restaurant "Vitryna", which has been litigated for years. Ryazhev was accused of raider capture of one of the premises of the Odesa "Oblpotrebsoyuz", which was occupied by the restaurant. He also controlled "Zebra" beach. In 2012, activists defending the rights of Odessa citizens for free access to the city beaches were beaten there. One of the most notorious was the case concerning the Dniprovsky department store in Kyiv, which he allegedly bought for small amount of money, and then deceived the investor who was trying to buy real estate. On the website of the Verkhovna Rada, you can find a message that in 2007, Ryazhev was included in the election list of the Agrarian Ukraine bloc. It said that writes that the reason for the shooting of Ryazhev could be the fact that he lost 500 thousand dollars in a card game.

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