Murder on Pushkin
The attack on Denis Boronenkov occurred in the afternoon on Thursday, March 23, near the Kiev hotel “Premier Palace” at the intersection of Pushkin street and Taras Shevchenko Boulevard. Former state Duma Deputy left the hotel with his guard when unknown persons opened fire on him from close range. Boronenkov died on the spot. His guard began to shoot back and managed to hurt the attacker. In critical condition the criminal was taken to hospital, but doctors failed to save him, and the killer died in a few hours.
As the main versions of what happened in Ukraine consider the Russian involvement in the assassination. “Given the identity of the deceased, as one of the primary versions we consider the actions of the Russian Federation, aimed at the destruction of this person as the person who gave important testimony in the processes that occurred in Ukraine”, — told reporters the murder of Deputy head of the National police of Ukraine Alexander Vakulenko.
Boronenkov could be killed as a witness in the case of treason of ex-President Viktor Yanukovych or as a witness in a smuggling case in the structure of the FSB, said the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko at a briefing in Kiev. Voronenkov was supposed to meet with another former Deputy Ilya Ponomarev, and then to give evidence to the military Prosecutor’s office, said Lutsenko. According to him, Boronenkov guarded by employees of Ukrainian special services.
At the same briefing, Ponomarev said that Voronenkov was going to investigate corruption in Russian law enforcement. The former MP believes that in this context, the murder may be involved with the former Deputy head of management of own safety of FSB Oleg Feoktistov.
The “Three Pillars”
Boronenkov told me that in 2005 became an employee of the Federal drug control service. Service at that time were engaged in operational support of the case of “Three Whales” about contraband of furniture. This case led to a confrontation of power structures, which resulted in the resignation of the head of Federal drug control service Viktor Cherkesov and the arrest of several employees of the Department. According to Boronenkov, he participated in the investigation, the persons involved which was a high-ranking FSB officers, including Feoktistova.
General FSKN Alexander Bulbov was, who got probation in the case, told “Novaya Gazeta” that Voronenkov was not related to the investigation. “In 2012, when he became the figurant of criminal case about fraud, complained to the media that this is revenge by the FSB General Oleg Feoktistov. I personally know very well the psychology and competencies of General Feoktistov: if he really was developing Boronenkov, then he would have sat,” said Bulbov was.
Boronenkov could be killed in retaliation for what he and his wife testified about the events in the Crimea and in the East of Ukraine, said the Advisor to the Ukrainian interior Ministry Anton Gerashchenko.
The interviewed deputies of the state Duma believe that the murder Boronenkov can be a provocation from the Ukrainian side. this opinion is shared by the MP from “Fair Russia” Alexei chepa, Deputy Secretary of General Council of “United Russia” Yevgeny Revenko and the first Deputy head of the faction of the ruling party in the state Duma “United Russia”, Adalbi Shhagoshev. Disagree with them Senator Oleg Morozov: according to him, this version is too primitive. If the political version, it remain “, or to the order of creditors, or a personal story,” says frost.
Boronenkov have had a lot of enemies because of the fraudulent schemes in the business, said “Russia-24” Deputy of the state Duma and the former head of FSB Nikolai Kovalev. “Talking about the deceased either good or nothing, but a criminal version of the assassination attempt on Boronenkov is a priority,” — said the Deputy.
In Russia, Voronenkov claims were as law enforcement and former law enforcement officers. So, according to the TFR, in 2010-2011, Boronenkov, together with other persons illegally reissued and sold a building that belonged to the confectionery firm of “Tom”. The defendants in the case are also former employees of the FSB. Their Boronenkov cheated, having received most of the amount for this Scam without their knowledge, according to the materials of the case. This is not the only criminal case in which appears the name of the former Deputy.
In addition, as reported in the “Novaya Gazeta”, Boronenkov was involved in the fraud in the Duma elections in 2011, and in the lower house of Parliament was known as the “influential one”.
“The FSB on Boronenkov has accumulated a huge amount of materials. But to implement them each time was not possible for political reasons. In one case, turned up the names of the assistant managers of the state Duma, whose informal instruction he performed. In the other — would have known the mechanism of illegal financing of elections, and elections in 2011 would need to cancel. Besides, all this time he had patrons. I believe that the Russian special services and those who covered Boronenkov, should be held accountable for this failure. God forbid that he has some information that threaten national security, not passed”, — told the “Novaya Gazeta” former colleague Boronenkov on FDCS.
The reaction of Moscow and Kiev
About the assassination of a former MP was reported to the presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko. Press Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov said that “any allegations that have heard about the notorious Russian trace, are absurd.” In his opinion, the incident confirms that Kiev was not able to provide security to the former MP.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called the killing of Boronenkov “state terrorism” on the part of Russia. He stressed that the former MP was forced to leave Russia for political reasons. “A clear handwriting of the Russian special services have repeatedly shown in various European capitals”, — said the President of Ukraine.
Killer Boronenkov was wanted for committing crimes under two articles of the Criminal code of Ukraine, reports the Ukrainian edition of “Browser” with reference to its sources. Name of the offender, the publication does not mention, but said that it was a man born in 1988 who is looking for the Dnieper law enforcement agencies for “fictitious entrepreneurship and legalization of income obtained by criminal means”. The identity of the killer in the interior Ministry of Ukraine does not disclose, but, according to the Agency, he had at least one accomplice. The investigation of this case plan to connect and Russian law enforcement agencies.
“Professional was considered that the ex-Deputy was a guard that will have to attack immediately for two” — said in a conversation with the lawyer Shamsudin tsakayev, which protects alleged murderer of Boris Nemtsov Zaur Dadaev. “Professional just would not have fallen and would not get from some sort of bodyguard seriously wounded”, — said the lawyer. According to Tsakayev, it is likely that the former MP was attacked by some kind of “self-identity, a radical not connected with any government.
The flight to Ukraine.
Boronenkov left Russia in October 2016, not pereizbranie in the state Duma. At the end of January Boronenkov gave testimony in the Prosecutor’s office of Ukraine against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who held on charges of treason. He spoke about the letter from Yanukovych, in which he allegedly “urged to send troops to Ukraine”. According to Ponomarev, who also left Russia, this letter influenced the decision of Parliament to use the armed forces abroad.
In December 2016 Boronenkov received the citizenship of Ukraine and called blunder the annexation of Crimea: “Crimea has become such a litmus test — he has brought Russia around the idea of something [to steal] your neighbor.” Also, the ex-MP has alleged widespread rigging of the elections in Russia at all levels — from municipal to Federal.
The reason for his emigration with his wife, the former Deputy of the state Duma from “United Russia” Maria Maksakova, Boronenkov explained harassment from the FSB. According to him, the secret service hasn’t forgiven him for work in the Federal service for control over drug trafficking under the leadership of General Viktor Cherkesov, when he and his team “proved that smugglers directly to the senior leaders of the FSB, who had brought these goods directly to the address of his military unit”.