Ex-State Duma deputy Ponomarev gives details of Voronenkov’s murder
According to Ilya Ponomarev, Voronenkov had been afraid for his life, so he agreed to state guard.
Former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov was shot near Premier Palace Hotel on Taras Shevchenko Boulevard in Kiev, while he was going to a meeting with Ilya Ponomarev, another former Russian deputy, who confirmed this on Facebook:
"Denis Voronenkov was killed at 11:25 near Premier Palace. He was going to a meeting with me. I don’t know what to say. The guard managed to wound the attacker. The version is obvious: as I said, Voronenkov was not a crook, but an investigator, and an extremely dangerous one for Russian law enforcement officers," Ponomarev wrote.
He said that the guard had been provided by the Ukraine’s special services for his defense. According to Ponomarev, Voronenkov had been afraid for his life, which is why he agreed to state guard. Ponomarev was one of the first to arrive at the murder scene and helped identify the body.
"I spoke with Denis [Voronenkov] literally 5 minutes before what happened. We were going to meet a bit later, but he rescheduled and we missed each other by just 5 minutes, unfortunately," Ponomarev said. Last time he saw Voronenkov was at the weekend. His own guard has been strengthened.
Voronenkov was walking out from the hotel with his guard, when the killer shot him with a TT pistol. The guard of the former deputy opened fire and wounded the attacker. Both men have been put under intensive protection in hospital with grave wounds. The attacker is in intensive care unit. There was only one attacker, Ukrainian law enforcement agencies say.
We should remind that the escapee had been declared an international wanted person in a fraud case. He and his wife, former deputy Maria Maksakova, fled to Kiev immediately after the expiration of mandates. Denis Voronenkov testified to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine against former President Viktor Yanukovich in a high treason case.
The Investigative Committee of Russia has already stated that the case against Voronenkov would be closed by agreement with his family.
Ukrainian security forces assumed that the Russian intelligence is behind the ex-deputy’s murder, while Russia claims this was a provocation from the Ukrainian side. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin has been informed of the murder. He added: "This is not our jurisdiction, we don’t have to comment."
On March 22, several Russian media announced the recall of their correspondents from the State Duma. The boycott was announced by the RBC holding company, the Dozhd television channel, the Ekho Moskvy radio station, the Kommersant newspaper, the RTVI television channel and others.
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