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 Alleged accomplice of Voronenkov's killer was detained for weapon possession and released prior to Russian politician's murder, - journalist

The alleged accomplice of Pavlo Parshov, the killer of former Russian State Duma MP Denys Voronenkov, was detained by law enforcers eight days before Voronenkov's murder for weapon possession. He was subsequently released.

This was announced by journalist Aliona Lunkova in a blog post on Censor.NET.

She wrote that alleged accomplice of Parshov, Yaroslav Levenets (with whom Parshov rented an apartment in Kyiv three days prior to the murder) was detained at Kyiv railway station eight days prior to the killing of Voronenkov.

Levenets was apprehended for storing weapon in a railway station storage unit. As reported by Lunkova, when overdue storage units at the railway station were routinely checked, a backpack holding a binocular, a revolver (7.62 caliber), a gun, a silencer, and grey pants was found.

Levenets was the one to come and pick the backpack. He told police he brought the weapon from the war zone for self protection.

"He was indeed detained, but they let him go several hours later (!!!). He was indicted for illegal weapon possession only on the day of Voronenkov's murder, March 23, 2017, and put on wanted list the next day," Lunkova wrote.

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.

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Voronenkov was a witness in the treason case against fugitive Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. In his 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.
 
 
 
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