Former Russian MP shot dead in 'act of state terrorism'

Former Russian MP shot dead in 'act of state terrorism'

Voronenkov then revealed that he played a key role as a witness in Ukraine's high treason case against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who has been living in exile in Russian Federation for the past three years.

Ukraine's security service said it barred the wheelchair user Yulia Samoilova from Ukraine for three years because they claim she bizarrely violated Ukrainian law by her visit to Crimea in 2015, which was the year after Russian Federation seized control of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine, without entering through the border with the Ukrainian mainland. He renounced his Russian citizenship and became a Ukrainian citizen late a year ago.

Mr. Voronenkov told Ukrainian media in February that he had repeatedly received threats from Russian security services.

But the Kremlin expressed shock over the murder, dismissing Kiev's allegations as "absurd".

The killer of a former Russian lawmaker in central Kiev was a Ukrainian national trained to be an agent of the Russian government, an aide to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Friday.

In a statement on Thursday, Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, said, "Voronenkov was one of the main witnesses of Russia's aggression against Ukraine and the role of Yanukovych in bringing troops to Ukraine".

Police were weighing the possibility that Mr. Voronenkov was targeted in a contract killing "considering the identity of the victim, his activities and how the crime was carried out" Mr. Kryshchenko said.

Voronenkov - a member of the Communist party in Russia's lower house before he fled to Ukraine in 2016 - was an unabashed critic of Putin's policies in recent years. The official was killed near Premier Palace Hotel at around noon.

Denis Voronenkov, 45, was gunned down in broad daylight in front of a luxury hotel in the center of the city Thursday.

Poroshenko did not hesitate in pointing the finger at Russian Federation. "And I say, 'Who did we betray?' I gave testimony against the citizen of another country who was president, who fled his country, created a bloodbath, betrayed his country".

He had also spoken out against Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014, although he voted for the move at the time.

The Russian Committee said Voronenkov's departure from Russia was an attempt to avoid the investigation, according to Russia's state-run Sputnik news service.

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