Notorious ex-Deputy Voronenkov to face Interpol's wanted notice
The Investigative Committee has managed to make the ex-MP a defendant in the case of the illegal seizure of the building in Moscow in 2011.
The Office of Investigations issued an indictment in absentia against former State Duma deputy from the Communist Party Denis Voronenkov in a criminal case on the illegal seizure of the building in 2011. As Kommersant found out, the Investigative Committee has managed to bring him in as a defendant. Previously he was connected to the investigations as a witness because he enjoyed parliamentary immunity. In 2015 the Investigative Committee sought deprivation of the integrity and attraction of Voronenkov as a defendant in the criminal case twice. However both times the Prosecutor General's Office denied it referring to the shortcomings identified in the criminal case.
One of the reasons for the refusal stated that "accusation of Voronenkov is presumptive and is based entirely on similar testimonies" of three other defendants in the investigation. All participants in the fraudulent scheme fully admitted their guilt, concluded pre-trial agreements on cooperation and gave testimonies, against Voronenkov in particular.
As The CrimeRussia reported before, the Investigative Committee of Russia suspects Denis Voronenkov of involvement in the illegal seizure of the building in central Moscow. Raiders tried to take a building with a bakery and shop in Mezhdunarodnaya Street from Otari Kobakhidze, Toma company CEO. According to investigators, Voronenkov found buyers for the property re-registered on nominees. Entrepreneur Vitaly Kachur, who agreed to purchase the house for $2 million, passed 100 thousand dollars as advance money to Voronenkov. He received additional $1.2 million from the buyer for resolving the issue associated with re-registration of the building.
In October 2016 still taking advantage of the deputy's mandate Voronenkov went to Kiev together with his wife – former State Duma deputy from United Russia party Maria Maksakova-Igenbergs, where he obtained his new citizenship. There he gave testimony to the General Prosecutor's Office against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on charges of high treason.
The previous day Voronenkov said in an interview that the case against him was framed up and the testimony was given by people who were under pressure. The ex-MP called entrepreneur "one of the main Moscow cashiers" who was forced to declare fictional debt he had had for seven years. Besides, Voronenkov confirmed that previously he proactively dealt with real estate transactions in Moscow.
Given the new status of the ex-deputy in the criminal case he was issued a federal wanted notice. Apparently soon Voronenkov will be arrested in absentia by court and put on the Interpol’s international wanted list. However the International Criminal Police Organization may refuse Russian law enforcement agencies if they consider his prosecution political.
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This is stated in the indictment of the Prosecutor's Office. The defense of the ex-Minister asked to return the case to the supervisory authority, as the factual allegations changed, but the court refused to do so.