Ukranian siloviki detain suspects in Voronenkov’s murder

Ukranian siloviki detain suspects in Voronenkov’s murder
Police at the site of Denis Voronenkov’s murder Kyiv, March 2017

The operation to detain the defendants is being carried out in Pavlograd, the Dnepropetrovsk region.

Representatives of the National Police and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine reported that they were conducting searches and detentions in the framework of the investigation into the murder of former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov. Operative and investigative activities are taking place in the city of Pavlograd, the Dnepropetrovsk region.

At the moment the authorities do not disclose the number of detainees and other details. The National Police only clarify that "the suspects involved in the crime" are brought to police stations "for further necessary investigative actions".

Pavlograd.dp.ua reports that today searches were conducted at activist of the Pavlograd Self-Defense Yaroslav Tarasenko, after which he was detained. The network publication notes that in 2015 Tarasenko was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of firearms. However, after several court hearings he was released.

As The CrimeRussia has previously written, Denis Voronenkov was killed in the center of Kiev on March 23 by a killer who shot him several times and injured his guard. The bodyguard of Voronenkov opened fire on the attacker and mortally wounded him. The murderer of the deputy died in the hospital. The killer was identified – it was was 28-year-old Pavel Parshov. Parshov previously served in one of the Ukrainian volunteer battalions in the Donbass.

The criminal case was initiated on the death of Voronenkov in Ukraine under Premeditated Murder article. The Investigative Committee of Russia also instituted criminal proceedings under Art. 105 and Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Murder and Illegal Sale of Firearms).

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