Voronenkov’s widow Maria Maksakova to stay in Ukraine
Singer and ex-deputy Maria Maksakova, the wife of ex-State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov, who was shot in Kiev, intends to stay in Ukraine.
According to RIA Novosti, the intention of Voronenkov's widow to stay in the country, where her husband had been murdered, has been announced by ex-Deputy of State Duma Ilya Ponomarev.
"Relatives of Voronenkov's wife offer her to return to Russia, but as far as I know, Maria will not appeal to Russia," he said after the burial of the former Communist Party deputy.
In addition, Ponomarev noted that he had also received hints about a possible threat, but he "does not treat them super-seriously." According to Ponomarev, his security has been strengthened, as the Ukrainian side has put a guard on him.
Let us recall that yesterday Maria Maksakova gave her first comment after the death of her husband, stating that she would not speculate about the assassin's paymasters. It was earlier reported that Ukraine planned to provide her with state guard.
Former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov had been prosecuted on suspicion of swindling, in connection with which he had been declared federally wanted. Together with his wife, former Deputy Maria Maksakova, they had stayed in Ukraine immediately after the expiration of their mandates. In Kiev, Voronenkov had testified to the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine in the case of former President Viktor Yanukovych's high treason.
March 23, Voronenkov was assassinated in the Ukrainian capital. The assassin, wounded by the ex-deputy’s bodyguard, later died in the hospital. March 24, the ICR announced that the criminal case against Denis Voronenkov may be terminated in agreement with his relatives.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).