Exiled Putin critic’s murder in Kyiv work of FSB, Ukraine’s top prosecutor says

The site of Voronenkov's assasination. Photo: RFE/RL

The site of Voronenkov's assasination. Photo: RFE/RL 

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Article by: Alya Shandra

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has presented the results of an investigation into the murder of former Russian State Duma MP Denis Voronenkov who was shot down in central Kyiv in March. Speaking at a briefing on 9 October, he said that the murder was ordered by FSB-controlled criminal leader Vladimir Tyurin, the former common-law husband of Maria Maksakova.

This announcement came as a breakthrough in the probe into the murder of the MP who defected to Ukraine and became a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Voronenkov was gunned down in broad daylight on 23 March 2017 in central Kyiv. Voronenko’s bodyguard injured the assailant who was shooting a TT gun at the two men as they were exiting the Premier Palace hotel, Crimean-born Ukrainian national Pavlo Parshov, who died in the hospital.

Ukrainian officials blamed Russia from the outset, with Lutsenko then describing the murder as “a demonstrative execution of a witness.” The assassinated Russian ex-MP was one of the key witnesses in Yanukovych case, who agreed to testify in Victor Yanukovych’s case on state treason in Ukrainian court. His testimony, which he did not live to give, reportedly supplemented the one given by Ilya Ponomarev, another former Duma member who had to flee to Ukraine due to his vote against Crimea annexation. As well, Ponomaryov claimed that Voronenkov was “a very dangerous person for the Russian corrupt law enforcement agencies, which made real investigations, had a lot of information about the smuggling business in Russia.”

Today, Lutsenko said that the Ukrainian investigation is convinced that Voronenkov’s assassination is connected to his testimony about the presence of Russian troops in Ukrainian territory, as well as those in Viktor Yanukovych’s high treason case. He said that the murder was prepared together with the leadership of the Russian FSB.

“To prevent Voronenkov’s testimony in Ukrainian and international courts, members of the Russian special services developed a plan for his physical elimination as a witness. The actual person who ordered the contract hit, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, confirmed by the investigation of the Kyiv prosecutor’s office, was a FSB-controlled crime lord Vladimir Anatolievich Tiurin,” Lutsenko said, UNIAN reported.

Lutsenko also said the contractor had a personal motive for the murder, as eight years ago he was the common-law husband of Maria Maksakova, Voronenkov’s wife at the time of the murder. Maksakova has two children together with Tyurin.

The investigators claim to have identified all the participants of the murder and restored the entire chronology of events from the preparation of the crime to the detention to the suspects. According to the investigation, Pavlo Parshov, the gunman, was in collusion with Ukrainian citizens Vasylenko, Los, Levenets, and Tarasenko. Los and Tarasenko are now in custody, and Levenets and Vasylenko are now wanted outside Ukraine.

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The criminal group. Screenshot from 5.ua

Vladimir Tyurin is a Russian citizen born in 1958. According to the General Prosecutor’s office, he was tried for “rape by a group of people, theft, and hooliganism.” Ukraine has already submitted an extradition request for him to Russia.

Tyurin denied involvement and dismissed the claim as “nonsense,” according to Sergei Belyak, a former lawyer for the Russian, and said that Voronenkov’s killing “is the doing of Ukrainian nationalists, who hoped that the Ukrainian authorities would then use it for a new accusation against Russia.”

According to media reports, Tyurin has extensive connections among influential businessmen, high-standing politicians and officials, including in the judiciary and law enforcement (one of Tyurin’s lobbyists is named as Russian MP Nikolai Kurianovich), as well as stars in the world of culture and show-business (he has helped many stars in the Bolshoi Theater).

Voronenko’s killing was one of a series of politically charged shootings, car bomb blasts, and other attacks carried out in Kyiv in the past 15 months. Ukrainian officials have long suspected that Russia is behind the attacks.

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  • Screwdriver

    COMMUNIST!!! was shot in Kiev. Still not happy ?

    • Eddy Verhaeghe

      Screwdriver, get a life. As the powers that be in the Kremlin befriend fascists & Nazis all over the world, because it suits them well, Ukraine has every right to befriend Russian communists if it suits her well.

      • Screwdriver

        This is a dream came true for many Ukrainian Nazis, calls to kill communists were not even coming from the streets of Western Ukraine, but even from the podium of the Ukrainian parliament. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_u8x3DUSTw

    • Микола Данчук

      Even a bolshevik like you doesn’t deserve extermination by your boss.
      Keep up the good work!

      • Nikoli

        I hope you are being sarcastic.

        • Микола Данчук

          He wouldn’t know the difference!

          • Eddy Verhaeghe

            ROFL

      • Screwdriver

        Dyad`ko…you so lost in space… I am anti-communist, and self-employed. :-)
        Too much gorilka is not good for you.

        • Микола Данчук

          So you were the executioner, how bolshevik of you and blaming Ukrainian Nazis to boot. Your NKVD upbringing is finally paying off, how self-gratifying that must be?

          I prefer a cultured samohonka with smoked garlic crusted salo and a pickle.

          • Screwdriver

            Tak..tak…sure…
            Some of my relatives who were killed by OUN militsia (aka Ukrainian Nazis) were blamed also very “argumentatively”, …. I recognize your style:
            “Москва і жидівство — це найбільші вороги України і носії розкладових большевицьких інтернаціональних ідей … Стою на становищі винищення жидів і доцільности перенести на Україну німецькі методи екстермінації жидівства”
            Yaroslav Stetsko
            P.S. Heroyam v Sralo!

          • Микола Данчук

            That’s like blaming America for all of Russia’s problems. Yet you ignore that Moskva was responsible for more Jewish deaths then even the Germans.

            Would your relatives be concocted or do you have names, dates and places that can be verified?
            Remember that you already informed me of where your origin began (bolshevik stronghold in Ukraine).

          • Screwdriver

            Your OUN Nazi friends were already found guilty by Jewish organisations, all the evidence in Yad Vashem. No new trial for your – пиздливе бандерівське рогуляко.

          • Микола Данчук

            So, its all bullshit including your relentless Nazi accusations?

            The evidence in Yad Vashem reflects the ignorance you promote and in doing so you dishonor the memory of the innocent.
            But that is nothing new for a good bolshevik, is it?

          • Screwdriver

            You forgot your Führer Stetsko proclamations ? Should I remind again ?

          • Микола Данчук

            I don’t know who Stetskov is or was (could have been an NKVD relative of yours) or whatever you think you could associate me with.
            Your pretty much blowing in the wind and hoping to make something kosher which isn’t on the menu.

          • Screwdriver

            Do not pretend to be a harmless sheep, sheep skin cant fit the Nazi wolf.
            Yaroslav Stetsko was one of the leaders of OUN, like you did not know, ha ? :-)

          • Микола Данчук

            No, I did not! So what, he was of no consequence other then your preferred point of gaggle!
            Do you even know how many factions of OUN/UPA there where?

            But you think that all Ukrainians fall under your interpretation of history, demented as it is?
            You’re a Bolshevik, own it, its your history!

        • svend

          A Russian Troll claim he is self-employed. That was a new joke.

    • Eddy Verhaeghe

      Anyway, Voronenkov is as much of a communist as I’m a fan of Russkiy Mir. For your education :
      ‘Apart from having 5 apartments in his possession, Voronenkov also owned a collection of elite automobiles, which made him the subject of an investigation by Russian opposition politician Aleksey Navalny.
      Cfr. http://euromaidanpress.com/2017/03/23/voronenkov-murdered-key-witness-of-russian-aggression-against-ukraine-background/

      • Screwdriver

        Funny that you trying to lecture me where I know more then you. In fact I watch all the Navalniy videos, I am his supporter believe it or not.
        Voronenkov was not an authentic old school honest communist of course, but who was ?
        Lenin ? Ernst Thälmann? Rosa Luxemburg ?
        Does not really matter. – Ukrainian Nazis did not check assets or ideological beliefs of the Jews they were killing, Jews were labeled “Bolsheviks/Communists” – this was a death sentence per OUN. And Ukrainian Nazis admired German methods of Jews extermination.

        • Микола Данчук

          But the Germans got the methods from Stalin and the Bolsheviks.

          • Screwdriver

            Yea, …nice try. You Nazis killed most of the Jews in Lviv, that`s Marx-Lenin-Stalin’s fault. Gotcha

          • Микола Данчук

            You bolsheviks were in Lviv before the Germans and left a lot of corpses as you ran, so yes!

          • Screwdriver

            Yes, Bolsheviks who came from Russia did. but then you were killing local Jews including women and children, people who had nothing to do with those Stalin crimes.

          • Микола Данчук

            Those Stalin crimes, bolsheviks from Russia did and everybody else other then yours?
            You sound like a wimp who has his hand in the cookie-jar crying – not me.
            Your pathetic!

  • zorbatheturk

    Good detective work.

  • Tony

    Regardless, Ukraine needs to do a better job at preventing Russian agents to do as they like in Ukraine and the entire socitey needs to work on it. Be suspicious, call the authorities and demand they keep a constant eye on questionable characters.