Earlier, a person was gunned down in downtown Kharkiv late Nov. 5 when his car was fired upon by unknown individuals. The deceased turned out to be a local businessman Eduard Akselrod who had connections with criminals and gangsters.
"In his comment to my post on Eduard Akselrod murdered in Kharkiv, Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko confirmed connection between this crime and the murder of former State Duma deputy Denys Voronenkov. It was Akselrod, also known as Edik Lepa, who was acting as contact person between mastermind of Voronenkov's murder, Russian criminal lord Vladimir Tyurin, and Yuri Vasilenko, the leader of ring that committed the crime. It seems that the assassin's paymaster tries to cover up his tracks by eliminating Edik Lepa," Mosiichuk wrote.
The prosecutor general wrote the following comment to Mosiichuk's post: "Akselrod was a contact between Tyurin and Vasilenko in arranging Voronenkov's murder. Investigators of the Prosecutor General's Office have correctly identified Tyurin as the assassin's paymaster."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 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.