"Voronenkov's assassin has been identified as Pavlo Parshov, 28, a former fighter of National Guard's Donbas battalion. I talked with his company comrades. They say Parshov joined the battalion in the summer of 2015. There are no records of his service before March 2015. He had previously tried to join Karpatska Sich battalion and Azov [regiment - ed.]. He finally enlisted as a Donbas battalion fighter. No detailed check of the backgrounds of enlisted soldiers was carried out, so it stayed unsaid that Parshov had been on the wanted list since 2011 for economic crimes," the journalist said.
"His comrades remember only one negative thing about him: 'He was a Fascist, far-right.' However the fact didn't influence him as a soldier - he did not propagate his views loudly, followed discipline. He earned a good reputation as a fighter, did not drink alcohol, was well-prepared for military service. He showed himself as a determined man, ready for risk. However, his period of service was the quietest time for Donbas battalion in the anti-terrorist operation area. It's hard to say how he would show himself in hard battles. His mates are not surprised at his readiness to kill. Parshov resigned after a year of service. Where and what was he after the dismissal remains unknown. He is said to have sojourned in Dnipro and kept contact with certain representatives of football fans. The investigation of his activities continues," Butusov concluded.
Denys Voronenkov was shot dead in downtown Kyiv March 23. The killer 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."
Voronenkov moved to Ukraine with his wife, former Duma member, singer Maria Maksakova, and their infant child in late 2016. He became a citizen of Ukraine and abandoned Russian passport in December 2016. On Feb. 15, 2017 he was put on federal wanted list in the Russian Federation. Voronenkov said the reason behind his migration was persecution by FSB in Russia.