MOSCOW, July 25 (RAPSI) – The Kiev Court of Appeals has upheld the detention of Yaroslav Tarasyuk suspected of complicity in the murder of former Russian MP Denis Voronenkov, a notice published on the court’s official website reads on Tuesday.

The court has therefore dismissed an appeal against the detention.

Ukrainian investigators believe that Tarasyuk, who participated as a volunteer in the conflict in Donbass against self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk, has committed willful homicide. He was arrested in the town of Pavlograd in Ukraine on June 16.

Former deputy of the Russian State Duma Denis Voronenkov was shot dead in the central part of Ukrainian capital Kiev on March 23, 2017. His murderer was mortally wounded in the act and later died in a hospital.

According to adviser to the Interior Minister of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko, the killer was identified as a Ukrainian citizen Pavel Parshov, who served in the Ukrainian National Guard. Parshov was wanted by the Ukrainian police for fictitious business activity and money laundering.

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 Russia’s federal wanted list.