Denis Voronenkov Is The Latest Putin Critic To Wind Up Dead

Denis Voronenkov			
								Anna Isakova  TASS

And he was also helping Ukrainian prosecutors in their case against former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, a Putin ally who is accused of treason.

Voronenkov and his wife openly criticized President Vladimir Putin after they left Russian Federation for Ukraine in October a year ago, CNN reported.

"Thursday's incident was evidence Ukraine had proved unable to take care of Voronenkov's security", TASS cited him as saying.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, pushed back against allegations that Russian Federation was involved in Voronenkov's death.

"I'm speechless. Voronenkov was no crook but an investigator who was deadly unsafe for the Russian siloviki (security services)", he said. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko accused Russian Federation of "state terrorism", an allegation Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov described as "absurd".

Moscow believes that any claims about a "Russian connection" in the killing of the former State Duma member Denis Voronenkov in Kiev are absurd, the Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Denis Voronenkov was shot near a hotel in Kiev.

Mr Voronenkov left Russian Federation with his wife, the singer Maria Maksakova, who was also a member of parliament.

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Russian Federation critics point to various cases which they say raise suspicion about the Kremlin.

The attacker, whose identity was not disclosed, also died later in a hospital after being fatally injured by Voronenkov's bodyguard, police spokesman Artiom Shevchenko said.

In an interview with Radio Free Europe in February, however, Voronenkov completely flipped, becoming an outspoken critic of everything he once supported. Ponomarev was the only Russian lawmaker to vote against the annexation of Crimea.

Critics said he fled in order to escape criminal charges.

Named Pavel Parshov, he received fatal wounds moments after killing the politician who a year ago defected to Ukraine, and died later in hospital. He added that perhaps Ukraine had failed to provide Voronenkov with sufficient security protection.

Russian Federation called the allegations of Russia's involvement "an absurd".

"Ukraine is under attack by Russian Federation, and Mr. Voronenkov was a key witness in the criminal case against Yanukovych", Shevchenko said.

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