Putin critic killed: What world’s media write about Voronenkov’s death

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ex-State Duma MP Denis Voronenkov was shot in Kyiv downtown on March 23. He was attacked by 28-year-old citizen of Ukraine, who, according to Internal Ministry, was scouted by Russian special services. Kremlin has rejected the "Russia’s involvement" in the case and called it absurd. World’s mass media labeled Voronenkov as harsh critic of Putin and reminded him comparing Russia to Nazi Germany
12:24, 25 March 2017

Ex-State Duma MP Denis Voronenkov was brutally murdered right in the center of Kyiv. Here is how international mass media reacted to the occurrence.

American newspaper The Washington Post was running a headline: "Days before his death, Putin critic said in interview he knew he was in danger".

"At a time when the question of Russian influence dominates U.S. politics, Voronenkov’s death will add further scrutiny to the extent, and potential lethality, of Russia’s reach abroad. It remained unclear who might have wanted to kill Voronenkov — theories include Russian agents, Ukrainian nationalists or business interests — but the fact remains that he is just the latest Kremlin opponent to wind up dead."

The Washington Post

British newspaper The Guardian also characterized Voronenkov as critic of Russian president and Kremlin’s policy.

"Voronenkov had spoken about the possibility of retribution from Russia after he fled , but said he refused to go into hiding. He gave a number of interviews after his defection that were sharply critical of the Russian president and Kremlin policy in Ukraine. He compared modern Russia to Nazi Germany and called the annexation of Crimea illegal."

The Guardian

Norwegian Aftenposten published an article saying: "He fled from Putin. He was eliminated right on the street in Kyiv.


The New York Times noted that killing seemed chaotic.

"For a contract murder, a common occurrence in former Soviet countries usually executed with precision, the killing in Kiev was unusually bloody and chaotic."

The New York Times

Russian Kommersant writes that Voronenkov’s death became the most resonant murder after explosion of Sheremet in Kyiv in July 2016.

"Journalist was killed at the intersection of Ivan Franko and Bohdan Khmelnitsky streets in Kyiv, while Mr. Voronenkov was shot literally a kilometer away at the intersection of Pushkinska and Shevchenko streets."

Publication said that ex-deputy was killed near hotel, the owner of which is special representative of Russian president on interaction with the organization of fellow citizens abroad, Alexander Babakov.

French newspaper Le Monde also called Voronenkov "a fierce critic of Putin regime". 

"Voronenkov harshly criticized Vladimir Putin’s regime in an interview to Ukrainian media in February, comparing it to Nazi Germany."

Beyond that, Le Monde remembered the article of Novaya Gazeta named "Voronenkov is another Litvinenko."

Le Monde

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