Accomplice of Voronenkov’s killer was detained for storage of weapon some days before murder

Accomplice of Voronenkov’s killer was detained for storage of weapon some days before murder
Yaroslav Levenets

The former serviceman came for his backpack with weapon, which he stored in a left-luggage office at the station.⁠

Pavel Parshov, suspected of partnership in murder of former deputy of the State Duma Voronenkov, was detained by law enforcement agencies of Ukraine in the middle of March for storage of weapon, Rosbalt with reference to the Censor.net resource reports.

The CrimeRussia with reference to the Ukrainian media earlier reported, that a possible accomplice of Denis Voronenkov’s murderer, Pavel Parshov, is the former serviceman of the Ukrainian nationalist Donbas battalion Yaroslav Levenets. Probably, Levenets got acquainted with Parshov during the military conflict in Donbas in which both of them participated.

The media marks that in 3 days prior to Voronenkov's murder Parshov and Levenets together rented apartment in Kiev. Several days before it, on March 15, Levents was detained at the railway station of Kiev where he stored weapon in a left-luggage office cell.

It is reported that weapon in the left-luggage office was revealed on March 13 during collection of cells with exceeded retention period. Field-glass, revolver of caliber 7.62 with 7 cartridges and gun of 5.45 mm caliber without serial number with 6 cartridges, and also a silencer were found in the backpack stored in a cell.

Levents was detained 2 days later after a find when he came to the station to take his things. According to the media, the detainee declared to law enforcement authorities that he brought the weapon with himself from Donbas for possible self-defense. In the same day Levenets was released and only on the day of Voronenkov’s murder criminal case on suspicion of illegal weapon handling was initiated against him and he was put on the wanted list. On March 27 the court issued the sanction for Levents's detention as a possible accomplice of Pavel Parshov who on March 23 shot Denis Voronenkov at center of Kiev.

It is not the first time Yaroslav Levenets comes into the view of law enforcement authorities. In 2012 he became defendant in a case over the organization of criminal group. However, after some Ukrainian human rights activists interceded for Levents, he was recognized as a ‘political prisoner’.

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