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Denis Voronenkov

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Denis Voronenkov
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Member of the State Duma
In office
21 December 2011 5 October 2016
Personal details
Born Denis Nikolayevich Voronenkov
10 April 1971
Gorky, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 23 March 2017 (aged 45)
Kiev, Ukraine
Cause of death Assassination by gunshot
Political party Unity (2000 2003)
Independent (2003 2011; 2016 2017)
Communist Party of the Russian Federation (2011 2016)
Awards Medal "For Distinguished Service to the drug control authorities", 3rd d
egree (2006)[1]
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Russian Ground Forces
Years of service 1988 1999
Rank Colonel
Denis Nikolayevich Voronenkov (Russian: ????? ?????????? ??????????; IPA: [v?r?'
n?enk?f]; 10 April 1971 23 March 2017) was a Russian politician and member of th
e State Duma from 2011 to 2016. After stepping down as a member of Parliament in
2016, Voronenkov left Russia and settled in Ukraine with his wife Maria Maksako
va Jr., becoming a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian
foreign policy. He was murdered in Kiev on 23 March 2017.
Contents [hide]
1 Personal life and family
2 Education
3 Career
3.1 Political career
4 Murder
5 Notes
6 References
Personal life and family[edit]
Voronenkov was born in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Russian SFSR, but had a Ukra
inian grandmother and (according to his widow) he spent his childhood in Ukraine
's Kherson Oblast.[2] Voronenkov married former fellow Russian MP and opera sing
er[3] Maria Maksakova Jr. in March 2015.[4][5] The couple met while working on a
bill regulating the export of cultural artefacts.[5] Each of them had two child
ren from previous relationships.[6] Their son was born in April 2016.[7] Voronen
kov's first two children are his daughter Xenia (b. 2000) and his son Nikolay fr
om his first marriage with Yulia.[1]
As the son of a serviceman, Voronenkov won a place in the Leningrad Suvorov Mili
tary School, from which he graduated in 1988 and then immediately joined the Sov
iet Army.[1] In 1995 he completed a diploma level officers course at the Militar
y University of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, prior to his
transfer to the Military Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation.[1] In 19
96 he did another course at the Facility of Law of the Ryazan State University.[

[3] Although his vote was registered.[15] According to Voronenkov.[1][9][b] He then pursued an academic career as Associat e Professor. Voro nenkov was accused later of being involved in an illegal property seizure (worth 127 million rubles[16]) in Moscow. in 2011.99%) in constituency ?129. Economics and Law. a move that has been described as seriously curtailing media f reedom in Russia. Doctor of Law. for which he was criticised in Ukraine.g. at the Russian Legal Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Fed eration. he had however taken part in the parliamentary vote to ann ex Crimea from Ukraine.[11] Russian investigators were preparing a c . [1][a] He had reached the position of a Deputy Prosecutor by the time he left th e military in 1999 in order to enter politics.[7] In 2014 he had also voiced support for the breakaway regions of Novorossiya in the east of Ukraine. joining the Milit ary Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation. he participated in making legislation that banned foreign ownership of Russian media. in Transnistria.[8] H e had worked in military & federal law enforcement since 1995. titled 'Legal Nihilism and Legal Idealism (Theoretical and Legal Research)'. he became known as a sharp critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin and Russian policy towards Ukraine.[1] In 2009 he defended his thesis on 'Theoretic al and normative basis of judicial control in the mechanism of separation of pow ers'. which added to the criticism of him in Ukraine. United Russia candidate Vladimir Panov (42. at the Moscow Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Ru ssian Federation he successfully defended his thesis for the Degree of Candidate for Legal Sciences.[11] Nevertheless. Voronenkov compared Russia und er Vladimir Putin to Nazi Germany and called the Russian annexation of Crimea bo th illegal and a mistake.[1] Voronenkov then worked for the Federal Drug Control Service of Russ ia from 2004 until 2007. [11][12] where he was naturalized as a Ukrainian citizen in December.[ 1] He stepped down from the State Duma in October.[7] He lost his bid for reelection in September 2016.[4] In October 2016 t he Russian Prosecutor-General's Office refused to launch a probe against Voronen kov recommended by the Investigative Committee of Russia. located in his native Nizhny Novgorod O blast.[1] In 2001 h e was shortly an advisor of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation before b ecoming the Deputy Mayor of Naryan-Mar and Deputy Governor of Nenets Autonomous District. e.[3][7 ] As an MP. In 2000 Voronenkov became an empl oyee for the State Duma faction of the party Unity.[1] Career[edit] Voronenkov eventually came to hold the rank of colonel in the Russian army. well behind the winner. In 2017 he was however an outspoken critic of Russian intervention in Ukraine and elsew here. Petersburg Institute of International Trade.[10] Later that month.000 to lobby for the interest of Yevgen y Trostentsov in the State Duma.[1] In April 2001 Voronenkov was detained while taking a bribe of $10.[7] At the time of his death .[7] He was expelled from the Communist Party in 2016. he had been due to testify against former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovyc h.[4][13][14] Voronenkov said that he had no intention of entering Ukrainian politics. the lower house of the Russian parliament.39%). he was persecuted in Russia by the Federal Security Ser vice whom he accused of being involved in drug trafficking. Voronen kov announced that he had given up his Russian citizenship and left for Ukraine.1] In 1999.[1] After Voronenkov moved to Ukraine. he stated that he was not present in parliament on that day . Abkhazia and South Ossetia. initially as an investigator.[7] He described the atmosphere in Russia as characteri sed by a "pseudo-patriotic frenzy" and "total fear". Before stepping dow n as an MP in Russia.[7] In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in February 2017. his last post before being elected an MP was (from February 2010) a t the St.[1] Political career[edit] Voronenkov was elected as a deputy for the Communist Party of the Russian Federa tion in the State Duma. taking th ird place (13. but the case was closed next July.

[17][8] Murder[edit] Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev at as he left the Premier Palace hotel on 23 March 2017. And I say. Voronenkov was not a crook. Russian officials denied being involved and c alled the claims "absurd".riminal case against Voronenkov. according to the authorities. and that he had been "poking a sore spot of the Kremlin" with his criticism of the Russian president. Voronenkov said that he feared for his own and his family's security. The security guard was able to injure the attacker.[21] A police spokesman said the murder was likely a contract killing. 'Who did we betray?"[2 3] ."[3] Lutsenko called the murd er a "typical show execution of a witness by the Kremlin. but were waiting for his parliamentary immunity to run out in December 2016.[15] Russian MP and former Director of the Russian Fed eral Security Service Nikolay Kovalyov said to Russian TV that he believed the m urder may be linked to a business dispute. but an investigato r who was fatally dangerous to Russian authorities.[16] Voronenkov himself dismissed the Russian ac cusations as politically motivated and stated that the Federal Security Service had offered him to write off the accusations against him if he would pay them US $3 million. The potential theory is obvious. an official with Ukraine's Interior Ministry and a Ukrainian lawmaker[20] said that the name of the gunman was Pavel Parshov. "The system has lost its mind.[10] Voronenkov's bodyguard was also wounded during the inci dent.[15] The gunman carried a Ukrainian passport and had been sought by the police on fr aud and money laundering charges.[15] Ponomarev reacted to the murder b y stating: "I have no words. according to the General Prosecutor of Ukraine . They say we are traitors in Russia. and died instant ly.[15] He was on his way to meet Ilya Ponomarev.[3] The president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko reacted to the murder by calling it an act of Russian "state terrorism". another former Russian MP livi ng in exile in Ukraine.[15][19] Anton Gerashchenko. he referred to "demonization" in Russia and stated. including in the head."[22] A little more than a month before his murder.[18][3] Ukraine's General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko stated that V oronenkov was shot at least three times.[15] His assailant was wounded by Voronenkov's bodyguard (this bodyguard was provided by the Ukrainian Security Service)[3] and taken to hospital.[20] He als o said that Parshov was planted by Russian services as an undercover agent into the National Guard of Ukraine. a Uk rainian citizen and veteran of Ukraine's volunteer paramilitary unit. where he later died from his wounds.[9] In March 2017 a court in Moscow had sanctioned Voronenkov's arrest in absentia.[7] In a March 2017 int erview.