He said at a joint briefing with Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yurii Lutsenko, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.
"My main version is that the same people are behind this: former and acting General Oleg Feoktistov. There are several generals in the Russian Federation who have the right to give a direct call to President Vladimir Putin. Feoktistov is one of these generals," Ponomarev said.
"Unfortunately, Denys was on his way to see me. I was in Premier Palace. The murder took place at 11:25 a.m. I ran to the hotel a few minutes later and found him lying on the pavement. I believe that he was a great asset for Ukraine as he really knew a lot. He knew a lot about most vulnerable points for the whole of Putin's regime, namely, all about the cash flows they controlled," Russia's former lawmaker said.
Ponomarev noted that Voronenkov earlier survived an attempt on his life in Russia.
"He was also fired at. He was pulled through in France then. He was treated in a NATO hospital. He lived a quiet life for a while and managed to get reelected to the State Duma. There were three attempts to strip him of immunity. This actually pushed him to make up his mind to move to Ukraine. The last election in 2016 was seriously rigged. They did not let him to be reelected, although he most likely would have won," Ponomarev said.
Former Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Denys Voronenkov was shot dead in downtown Kyiv. The hitman also managed to injure Voronenkov's bodyguard. The incident took place outside Kyiv's Premier Palace Hotel.
Voronenkov was a witness in the treason case against fugitive Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. In his recent interview with Censor.NET Voronenkov said that Yanukovych was a traitor "who was involved in mass slaughter, who had fled to the foreign country and urged foreign troops to slay his people. I believe this person should have received not asylum but a fair trial in Russia."
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