Former Russian Lawmaker Shot Dead In Broad Daylight In Ukraine Capital

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A former Russian MP wanted by Moscow for fraud was shot dead in broad daylight in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday in what Kiev branded "state terrorism."

“There was an exchange of fire in front of the entrance to the Premier-Palace Hotel about 40 minutes ago. One man was killed and two other persons were injured. The identity of the killed man has been established. He is a Russian politician, a former State Duma member. Yes, I can confirm that he is Denis Voronenkov," the head of Kiev police, Andrey Krishchenko, said, as cited by TASS.

The former lawmaker was shot twice in the head when he was on the corner of Taras Shevchenko Boulevard and Pushkinska Street, near the main entrance to Kiev’s Premier Palace Hotel.

According to AFP, Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko confirmed in televised comments that "the identity of the dead man has been established" as former Communist lawmaker Denis Voronenkov.

Denis Voronenkov was shot on a busy street in Kiev

Krishchenko said the assailant injured Voronenkov’s bodyguard, who fired at him in return. "[The suspect]  is under police protection, he is being given priority medical assistance at a hospital," Krishchenko told reporters.

Voronenkov, a former member of the Russian Communist Party, emigrated from Russia to Ukraine in October 2016. He received Ukrainian citizenship in December, having given up his status as a Russian citizen. He was highly critical of the Russian authorities.

As RT adds, Voronenkov had been on a federal wanted list in Russia since February 15, as well as on an international wanted list since February 27, charged with masterminding a large-scale fraud. The fugitive lawmaker's alleged corruption also featured in an investigation by Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, who had reportedly discovered that Voronenkov had far more assets than his officially-declared yearly income of 2.4 million rubles (about $41,700).

Russian MP killed in Kiev

He was gunned down in broad daylight on a busy Kiev street

Police were weighing the possibility that Voronenkov was targeted in a contract killing "considering the identity of the victim, his activities and how the crime was carried out," Kryshchenko said.

Russian MP killed in Ukraine

The former Russian lawmaker was killed and his bodyguard injured

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko blamed Russia for what he said was a "cunning murder", saying Voronenkov's killing was an "act of state terrorism", his spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Facebook.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov swiftly dismissed Kiev's accusations as "absurd" in comments to Russian news agencies.

Denis Voronenkov killed in Kiev

Putin critic and ex-lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was killed in Ukraine

Voronenkov's bodyguard and the gunman were both injured in the shootout and were being treated in hospital, Kryshchenko said, adding that the gunman's identity had yet to be established.

Russian MP killed in Kiev

The politician's plain clothes security guard was also shot

The shooting occurred at around 11:30 am (0930 GMT) in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, police said.

Voronenkov and his wife Maria Maksakova, also a former lawmaker and a well-known opera singer, left Russia for Ukraine last year. Voronenkov received Ukrainian citizenship in December after he testified against Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in February 2014 amid pro-Western protests.

Voronenkov told Ukrainian media in February that he had repeatedly received threats from Russian security services. Moscow and Kiev have been locked in a bitter dispute since Russia seized Crimea in March 2014, plunging ties between Moscow and the West to their lowest point since the Cold War.

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Ukrainian law enforcers immediately said they believe Russia is behind Voronenkov’s killing. “Considering the identity of the victim, as one of the priority versions we consider the actions of the Russian Federation aimed at eliminating this person as a person who gave important testimony in the processes that took place in Ukraine,” the deputy head of the National Police of Ukraine, Aleksandr Vakulenko, told the press, as cited by Interfax Ukraine.

Less than an hour after the killing, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called it "an act of Russian state-funded terrorism," according to his press secretary. Poroshenko went on to link Voronenkov’s killing and the massive explosion at an ammunition depot in the Kharkov region of Ukraine that happened late on Wednesday night and continued into Thursday.

“It is no coincidence that the murder took place on the same day as the sabotage at Balakleya in the Kharkov region of Ukraine,” Poroshenko said, as quoted by his press secretary, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, in a Facebook post.

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WTFRLY's picture

The war is raging right before our eyes

Logan 5's picture

Round up the (((usual suspects)))

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Bad day to be a political russie with powerful enemies or a whitey in a moozy-invaded land.

froze25's picture

So they have the Gunman, he hasn't been identified but they blame Russia? You rip off that much money and piss off that many people, you better watch your back.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Thank God, things are getting better: "world leaders" are learning that they can accomplish their "goals" without ham-fistedly dumping a few million innocents into the meat grinder, but rather by simply offing each other one-by-one.

Latina Lover's picture

More fake news from the usual MSM liars.  This russian MP was just a common criminal running from a bad deal in Russia.  Google his name and you will notice that he never opposed Putin publicly. 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

He was probably bringing heat to the Chocolate King, so the Kiev Nazis decided to kill two birds with one stone.

1) We can blame Putin!

2) He knows too much to not be sleeping with the fishes

svayambhu108's picture

Of course its easier to shot people in the day light...

you know cause it's more light and you can see better and ...

 

HowdyDoody's picture

The killer was an ex-member of the so-called Ukraine ATO - the anti-terrorist operation. Old bullet wounds were discovered on autopsy along with a souvenier old bullet. His ID was also Ukrainian. There is a high probability that it was a simple personal hit. His ex-wife turned up on the scene very quickly and made a dramatic performance in front of the corpse.

https://z5h64q92x9.net/proxy_u/ru-en.en/tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/...

https://z5h64q92x9.net/proxy_u/ru-en.en/tvzvezda.ru/news/vstrane_i_mire/...

greenskeeper carl's picture

My main thought on this is that Putin is too smart for something like this. He doesn't want to give his enemies more ammo to use against him, and wouldn't risk that bad press over someone as unimportant as thi guys seems.

bonin006's picture

What's the big deal? Didn't Obama make this legal, or was it just legal for him?

shivura's picture

I AM 100% sure it's NOT PUTINS FAULT. i don't know why, but trust me, this is FAKE NEWS. podesta and hildebeast fingerprints all over this one (even though he wasn't a little boy). the GLOBALIST SCUM will pay for what they are doing to my brain. I can't take it anymore...I need MUSHROOMS and A RIVER

InjectTheVenom's picture

what's the diff between "broad daylight" and just plain ole fuckin' daylight ?

Cognizant Millennial's picture

There was a really hot Ukranian broad walking by at the moment the shooting took place. She was positively radiant in the afternoon sun.

junius's picture

you believe Putin?  are you certified sane?  fraud is always the accusation

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

Porky accuses Russia before the body had time to cool down.  That might as well be an admission of guilt by Porky.  Russia has no motive while Ukrops have all the motive in the world.  His usefulness to Nazi Ukrops expired so they decided to off him and blame Russia for killing him.

Jubal Early's picture

"Poroshenko called it "an act of Russian state-funded terrorism" "

That is the key, (((they))) want to label Russia a sponsor of terrorism so (((they))) can ratchet up the sanctions and get that war against the last openly christian country in Europe.

junius's picture

@jubal early.  Russian troll

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Bolsheviks thought they eradicated Christianity from Russia.  They must be pissed.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

At some point the Fucktard patrol in the West ( politicians propagating the Russia is the boogeyman canard ) had better hope Russia isn't half as good at :irregular warfare as they fukking have been saying they are ( or "tradecraft" as Victoria Nudelman says ).

 

MEFOBILLS's picture

Isn't an immediate response a "jump to conclusions."  Anybody can jump to conclusions.  Actually spreading lies immediately is part of false flag doctrine.

The CIA understands this completely.  The very first thing the brain hears, it myelin sheaths and that memory becomes "hardened."  It takes a lot of counter information to "undo" this process, maybe three times as much.

Note that all of the false flags have a narrative that is postulated almost immediately after the event.  Then the news cycle goes onto something else, with no counter information.  Often, any counter info is months or even years away.  The big lie then is allowed to persist.

If the false flag emitters use images, that plants memories that are hard to undo, as that is processed in the visual cortex.

Ukrainian law enforcers immediately said they believe Russia is behind Voronenkov’s killing

We do know for sure, that the Ukrainians have been telling lies by thousands, especially ever since Soros/Neocon/ U.S color revolution.

Urban Redneck's picture

Who exactly are "the Russians"?

Some Ukey of Russian extraction... who just happens to own a liquor store or work as bouncer in Kiev?  And perhaps he has some extended family somewhere in the lower bowels of Russian organized crime?

A single assailant double tapping the target before neutralizing the bodyguard is amateur hour.  The last time the KGB went after someone I knew- no one left the road block alive.

So if the Kiev corpse has already provided testimony against Porky's (or the SSU's) enemy, I guess it's going to be hard for Yanukovych or even Putin to send some lawyers to cross examine that corpse or otherwise impeach his testimony...

Smells more like fresh laundry than a false flag to to me, but being able to "blame the Russians" is a convenient kicker. 

The Greek horse's picture

Don't betrayed Mother Russia..

TheMeatTrapper's picture

Don't rip off Joe Bidens son more like it.

Blankone's picture

Putin has been too afraid to respond to his diplomats (and powerful friends) being murdered, I doubt he had this modest level criminal of no influence murdered.  He was most likely got involved in more criminal activity in WUke to support his lifestyle and got crossways with someone there.  Add that to the media potential to claim it was Russia's action and you have a bonus for the kill.  (He was not of any significance to EUke so they had no motiviation.)

Russian banks are still operating in WUke and now are being vandalized while police watch.  Seems foolish on their part and their officials in WUke may at some point be beaten or killed.

No one but RT, not even ZH, ran the story yesterday that Israel made an official media statement that the next time they fly jets into Syria and drop bombs they will attack any defenses that fire at them.  This was in response to Russia protesting the recent air attacks by Israel in Syria.  If Assad has the S300 as claimed he is either afraid of using them or does not know how.  The attacks would have been withing range for any S300 in Damascus.  The attacks also were in range of the S400 Putin has in Syria.  But no action from Putin. 

assistedliving's picture

Spinning Blankfein?  Russia 'protesting' air attacks in Syria is cover.  Putin wants a piece of Leviathan gas.

Voronenkov received Ukrainian citizenship in December after he testified against Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych

Does this strike you as meaningful?

GadExp's picture

 

 

Afraid?  I guarantee you Putin isn't afraid of anyone.

 

He is, on the other hand, a strategic genius.  Just because he has the self discipline and determination not to immediately and rashly respond to every attack, doesn't mean that he is afraid. 

 

We will see his response, eventually.  And it will be intelligent.

 

btw - I'm not pro-Putin, or Pro-US, or Pro-anything at this point.  There is too much mud out there and normal people like me don't have access to the information to make a legitimate judgement.  Even still, it is OBVIOUS that Putin and Russia are defensively parsing the extreme aggression of the western banking/political cartel.  I've heard more talk of freedom and liberty from Putin in the last 5 years than I have from the US or Europe!  I've heard more honest support for the principles of the Constitution and for war aversion from Putin in the last 5 years than I have from the US or Europe!

 

If there's one thing we've learned over the last 150 years, it's that the western banking/political cartel gets what it wants.  This 'behind the scenes' war will go open and full blast before the end of the year!  

 

Mark my words!

SmittyinLA's picture

when matched against Obama and merkel everybody is a strategic genius 

MEFOBILLS's picture

 But no action from Putin. 

 

Putin always waits for the chessboard to be set.  He lets problems fester, and then he pushes on a weak point.  He doesn't push rocks uphill.  He might be waiting for Israel to really expose themselves, by sticking their neck way out, and now is not the right time.  When the event is done, there is usually a re-alignment, or law change, which permanently changes the chessboard.  For example, the Duma can be moved when something is apparent to even the most dim members.

 

Putin is beyond smart, almost certainly a genius.  He does not waste political capital, and tends to win.  People are always complaining that he doesn't move fast enough.  Take the long view rather than being impatient.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Well, take the Israeli jet bombing Syria the other day.  They can shoot it down before it bombs anything.

Then what?  The West will accuse Russia of shooting down 'innocent' Israeli jets!  Instead they let it go, but instead make sure the fact that it was helping ISIS is at least reasonably well reported (to those who will listen, any way).

So next time they CAN shoot it down pre-emptively, and say with authority "We know they were trying to help ISIS AGAIN".

 

Blankone's picture

Quit making excuses for Putin's inaction and fear.   This is not the first, second or third time Israel has bombed Syria.  They even bombed a military faciltiy on the outskirts of Damascus and on another occassion bombed a building in Damascus.

But you are correct, Putin once again "lets it go" and does nothing. 

GadExp's picture

 

You (and the common sheeple) may believe that Putin is doing nothing.  But I don't agree with you.

 

Let me give you an example.  Turkey, up until the end of 2015, was on the high road to solidifying good relations with the UN and joining the EU.  Then all of a sudden, there was the random, unexpected, intentional downing of the Russian jet by Turkey while it was flying over an uninhabited branch of Turkey's land for less than 15 seconds.  Whether or not that jet downing was actually ordered by Ergodan or not will never be known to us.  

BUT that jet downing can be pin-pointed as a turning point in the political direction that Turkey has headed.  Since that time, Turkey's relationship with the UN and EU has gone from good to bad, to worse, to dismal.  At the same time, Turkey's political stance towards Russia has gone from bad to good, to even better!

 

Come now!  Look me in the eyes and tell me seriously that Putin "did nothing" to bring about this change!

 

No matter what you say, I won't believe that Putin hasn't been actively and intelligently involved in that situation as well as the Israel situation.  

 

The sharpest knives cut deep without you even knowing it's happening!

Blankone's picture

After Turkey shot down Putin's plane and Putin's airliner was taken down - Putin offered Turkey a nice deal (bribe) in the form of a gas line to run through Turkey to the EU.  Thus providing possible money and influence to Turkey.  While this did move Turkey towards Russia and it was a case of Putin responding to the attacks by Turkey it was in the form of a carrot/rewards with the potential for very attractive financial income in the future.

Jäger's picture

Maybach- nice.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Can't leave much money once that Maybach payment comes out of his $41,000 income.

Does this mean he should have been killed?  I'm not going to answer that question here, but you'd think the elites would realize that this kind of misbehaviour and corruption paints nice big targets on themselves.  The more the elite shrinks into fewer and fewer numbers, the easier it will be for the rest of us to jettison them.

One of the benefits of wiping these familes out would be a return to true money velocity for the rest of us.

Let's also realize that peons like this guy who got gunned down like a dog on the street is a nice powerful message for new aspirants hoping to obtain some of the very few remaining "middle class" jobs the elites have to offer:  getting into government and shovel taxpayer money to the rich in return for a small cut or become corruptors of the civil service themsleves (aka "lobbyists" or "lawyers") to encourage people to betray the general public and their neighbours.  Getting shot by disgruntled people or governments now has to be factored in.

Why has it come to this?  Because the law is failing to do it's job.  Those in power do not fear the law.  The law is something to be distorted, minimized or outright ignored completely.

Osmium's picture

Gee, I thought they were selected for CONgress

dogismycopilot's picture

Sounds like an asshole: He rode around in a Maybach and was a self-proclaimed Communist.

Jäger's picture

How do you know it was his Maybach-  maybe he had a LADA or ZiL like a good Comrade

crazzziecanuck's picture

Look at the hood ornament on the car.  For people like him, a Mercedes S-class is beneath their dignity and status.  

This all assumes the it took place in the time between when he gets out of his car and enters hid destination building; I find it unlikely he'd be allowed to walk openly any distance.

Jäger's picture

Yes- I recognized it as a Maybach but you can't assume it is his, he may have gotten out of another car and had to cut between 2 cars parked curbside to get into the hotel

crazzziecanuck's picture

I would say the probability it was his car runs really high.  The position of the guard is right where'd you expect it to happen.  The guard would have been the first threat to be taken out and he's right next to it.

This whole thing makes me feel this is another case of Rafik Hariri.  The Lebanese martyr would everyone knows was kiled by Syrian ... except there was no proof of that and increasingly more likely it involved  organized crime.

EX-floor hedger's picture

He owned/ drove a Trabbant, and his monthly payments were eating him alive....The Maybach was just a photoshop ploy...