Ex-Deputy Voronenkov invites ICR investigators in Kiev
Accused of raider attacks former member of Parliament does not intend to come to Russia to testify.
Former State Duma Deputy Denis Voronenkov, accused of fraud in the case of a raider seizure of a building in the center of the capital, is ready to testify ICR in Kiev. TASS quotes his lawyer Andrey Grivtsov.
"Voronenkov will not come to Russia. But he isn't hiding. He is a citizen of Ukraine, and if investigators arrive for his interrogation in Kiev, he, of course, will answer all their questions," TASS quotes the words of Andrey Grivtsov.
The defender notes that Voronenkov is ready to testify over the Internet or by phone.
Andrey Grivtsov also points out that law enforcement bodies of Russia know the whereabouts of his client. Meanwhile, on March 3, the ex-MP was put on the international wanted list, "because there is no reliable information about his whereabouts". Previously it was also reported that Voronenkov and his wife Maria Maksakova are now in Kiev on the base of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). There they came last fall still being deputies of the State Duma, and immediately after the end of the powers they granted citizenship of Ukraine. There they give testimony against former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich.
At the beginning of March 2017 the Basmanny District Court granted the petition of the Investigative Committee of Russia on arrest of Denis Voronenkov in absentia; he is accused of fraud. The ICR needs judicial authorization to initiate the international search of Voronenkov through Interpol.
According to investigators, Denis Voronenkov was involved in the illegal seizure of a building in the center of Moscow. In 2011, raiders tried to take a building with a bakery and shop in Mezhdunarodnaya Street from head of Toma company Otari Kobakhidze. Investigators claim that Voronenkov found buyers for property registered on nominees. Entrepreneur Vitaly Kachur, who agreed to buy a house for $2 million, passed $100 thousand to Voronenkov as an advance. He received additional $1.2 million from the buyer for resolving the re-registration of the building issue. However in an interview with the media Voronenkov stated that the case against him was fabricated and people under pressure gave the testimony. The ex-Deputy called entrepreneur Vitaly Kachur "one of the main launderers in Moscow", who was forced to declare a fictional debt he had had for seven years. Besides, Voronenkov confirmed that previously he was actively involved in real estate transactions in Moscow.
Since early February, there has been a preventive operation of the National Police of Ukraine in cooperation with the border and migration services called ‘Migrant’. Its aim is to identify and expel thieves in law and foreign crime lords out of the country.