Ukrainian media disclose name of ex-State Duma deputy Voronenkov's assassin
The online publication Obozrevatel said with reference to sources that it was Pavlo Parshov, 28, who killed former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov in Kyiv on Thursday.
Interfax-Ukraine has yet to receive a confirmation of this report from official sources.
Parshov is listed on the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's website as a person wanted in the Dnipro region on the counts of fictitious entrepreneurship and money laundering (Ukrainian Criminal Code Articles 205 and 209).
Voronenkov was killed in the center of Kyiv on March 23. His killer was wounded by the former deputy's bodyguard and died at a hospital.
Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada deputy and Interior Minister's advisor Anton Gerashchenko (People's Front) said that the killer was an agent of Russian security services embedded in Ukrainian law enforcement agencies.
"He was killed by a Russian security services agent embedded in Ukrainian law enforcement agencies; he was serving for them and received the order to eliminate Russia's enemy - Denis Voronenkov," Gerashchenko said in the political talk show 'Right to Power' aired by the 1+1 channel.
The investigators probing Voronenkov's murder made significant progress on Thursday, Gerashchenko said. "The killer's name and biography are already known. We can definitely say that Voronenkov was killed by an agent of Russian security services, a citizen of Ukraine," he said.
Gerashchenko said he was not authorized to say more about the killer. "I think the prosecutor general and the Security Service chief will give an official press conference soon, and they will give you more details. It would be unethical of me to speak first," Gerashchenko said.
As to why the killer had the ID of a Ukrainian National Guard serviceman and a Donbas combatant on him, Gerashchenko suggested he was carrying that ID so that he could produce it if stopped by a police patrol and say, "I am a normal person."