Voronenkov’s murder seen as crime against Russian interests
The Investigative Committee of Russia is solving the murder of the former State Duma deputy on two counts: homicide and illegal arms trafficking.
According to yesterday’s reports, the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case over the murder of former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov, who had been shot dead on March 23 in central Kiev. As Kommersant found out, the investigation is conducted on two counts: Art. 105 (Premeditated Murder) and Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Arms Trafficking).
The legal proceedings were started on the grounds of Art. 12 of the Criminal Code that allows Russian detectives to investigate a crime committed by foreign nationals in a foreign state if the crime was committed against the interests of the Russian Federation or its citizen. The investigation considered that Kiev’s Russian-trace stance was contrary to Russian interests.
A source in the investigative authorities specifies that when Voronenkov was killed, he had not yet been stripped of the Russian citizenship, although he received the Ukrainian citizenship at the end of 2016.
Curiously, detective Denis Zharenkov, who also runs Voronenkov’s case on the raider seizure of a building in central Moscow (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code), is part of the investigative and operational brigade. Earlier, the CrimeRussia wrote that ex-MP’s widow Maria Maksakova had decided to get an acquittal for her husband and did not want to stop criminal prosecution of non-rehabilitating circumstances. So, the raider seizure case involving Voronenkov will be examined by the court on the merits.
As for the murder case, the investigators are going to interrogate the former deputy’s family and friends residing in Russia. The Prosecutor General's Office will send their requests to Ukraine that could, of course, go unanswered given the complicated relations between the two states as well as the case itself; the proceedings on the murder are equally likely to be suspended soon.
We should remind that Denis Voronenkov was shot in central Kiev on March 23. A return fire of the ex-deputy’s bodyguard mortally wounded the killer. Later it turned out that Voronenkov’s murderer was 28-year-old Pavel Parshov of Dnepropetrovsk, who had previously served in the National Guard of Ukraine. The investigative authorities of Ukraine also issued a red notice for Parshov’s alleged accomplice Yaroslav Levenets.