Ukrainian Interior Minister’s adviser declares identity of Russian ex-MP’s alleged killer
MOSCOW, March 24 (RAPSI) - Adviser to the Interior Minister of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko disclosed identity of an alleged killer of former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov on his Facebook page on Friday.
Voronenkov’s murderer is a Ukrainian citizen Pavel Parshov, born in 1988, Gerashchenko announced.
Parshov served in the Ukrainian National Guard for 13 months but he did not participate in military operations, the official said.
Parshov has been put on the wanted list for fictitious business activity and money laundering, according to a statement issued on the Ukrainian Interior Ministry’s website.
Voronenkov was shot dead in the central part of Ukrainian capital Kiev on Thursday. The incident took place just outside the Premier Palace Hotel in downtown Kiev around 11.25 am local time.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko told journalists that the assailant was hospitalized. He added that there are two potential motives for murder: either it was related to Voronenkov’s role as witness in a case against ex-president of Ukraine Yanukovych or to former MP’s investigations into smuggling cases.
Later, press-secretary of the Prosecutor General, Larisa Sargan, wrote on her Twitter account that the assailant died in the hospital.
Voronenkov, a former member of the Communist Party, moved to Ukraine last October together with his wife Maria Maksakova, also an ex-lawmaker, and was granted Ukrainian citizenship in December 2016.
In Russia, Voronenkov faced numerous criminal charges, among them of fraud, and was arrested in absentia by a Moscow court; his name was put on the federal wanted list.
Investigators believe that in August 2010 through June 2011 Voronenkov assisted a group of accomplices in defrauding an owner of a building in Moscow of his property and its illegal sale. Voronenkov allegedly was paid over $1,2 million for his role in the fraud.
According to the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee, it was established that Voronenkov ensured financing of criminal activities and gave instructions to the accomplices. He also allegedly laundered the criminal proceeds and distributed the money among other participants in the fraud.