Notorious State Duma member Voronenkov testifies against Yanukovych

Notorious State Duma member Voronenkov testifies against Yanukovych
Married couple of former lawmakers Maria Maksakova and Denis Voronenkov

The former member of the Communist party began to cooperate with law enforcement agencies of Ukraine. He confirmed the data of the Prosecutor's Office that Viktor Yanukovych, the former Head of the state, had committed an act of treason.

Former member of the Russian Communist Party Denis Voronenkov testified before the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine on charges of treason against Viktor Yanukovych. According to Kommersant, Voronenkov partially confirmed the testimony previously provided by another former Russian lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev, who had received a residence permit in Ukraine in the summer of 2016. Earlier, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko said that two former Russian State Duma members had been questioned in the case of treason committed by the former Head of state. Ponomarev in particular told the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office that "a letter signed by Yanukovich with an appeal to send troops to Ukraine influenced the decision of the [Russian] State Duma on the use of the Russian Armed Forces abroad."

In December 2016, the media reported that Denis Voronenkov and his wife Maria Maksakova moved to Kiev. His emigration may be related to the criminal case of fraud. Previously, Voronenkov could not be prosecuted due to his parliamentary status, but he failed to be elected the last time.

Now, the Communist Party is going to review the incident with its former member. "What evidence can he give? He was not so close with Yanukovych. Maybe he could express a point of view, but I think it is, by and large, just another hoax. I doubt that he could give any testimony to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine," the deputy chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Vladimir Kashin said.

He noted that Voronenkov was "a military man, consistent, and reserved" and "sufficiently considerate to not talk nonsense." He also questioned the information on Voronenkov’s emigration to Kiev.

Voronenkov caught the attention of law enforcement officers back at the end of 2011, when a businessman turned to the ICR Main Investigative Department, who claimed that his building with a total area of 1.5 thousand sq. m. located at Mezhdunarodnaya Street had been stolen. Vladimir Markin, who was the spokesman for ICR at the time, stated that Voronenkov headed a criminal group that "having forged documents, stole the building that cost 127 million rubles" from Toma LLC.

According to investigators, the Communist party member found a buyer himself — Vitaly Kachur, who wanted to buy the premise for $ 2 million instead of $ 5 million, and gave Voronenkov in advance only $ 100 thousand. In April 2015, ICR demanded to deprive Denis Voronenkov of parliamentary immunity in connection with the criminal case of fraud. In November 2015, it was reported that the lawmaker was even going to flee from prosecution abroad. However, the case was hushed up.

In June 2016, Forbes published data on the ten deputies and senators, who managed to retain control over the offshore companies after the relevant law had entered into force. Voronenkov was among them. Later, he told RBC that had not seen any documents with personal data and signatures, which could have tied him with offshore companies. "The spokesman for the president said that all of it (the Panama Papers) is lies and blamed it on the machinations of Western secret services. I have no offshores, it's all nonsense," he added.

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