Thursday morning, Denis N. Voronenkov, a former Russian lawmaker and harsh critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was shot in the head and died on the streets of Kiev. Many are suspecting that this is linked to a series of mysterious murders targeting critics of Russia, which has been going on for years. There is even some suspicion that Voronenkov may have had knowledge of the possible Trump -Putin relationship.
Coincidentally or not, the day before Voronenkov was murdered, an explosion took place at an enormous Ukrainian Army ammunition depot located in Eastern Ukraine. Authorities are blaming Russia for the explosion.
According to Ukrainian president Petro O. Poroshenko, the Voroenkov’s murder, and the explosion at the depot, were not coincidences. Ukrainian military inspectors claim the explosion was the result of sabotage. The blast happened near the city of Kharkiv, in Eastern Ukraine. 10,000 people had to be evacuated.
Motives in the lawmaker’s murder still have not been determined, however, they are certain that Russia is involved. They are calling the event “state terrorism.” According to authorities, if this was a contracted murder (as it often happens in former Soviet countries), it was very bloody and did not seem expertly executed. This is why the police have not classified this as an assassination.
Voronenkov and his wife, Maria Maksakova, a politician and a Bolshoi opera singer, fled to Ukraine last year. They claim they fled from political persecution. Russian authorities have accused them both of corruption and they were under investigation. While they were in Kiev, they often spoke out against the Russian government and Russian policy in Ukraine.
Voronenkov was on the stairs at the Premier Palace hotel when he was shot twice in the head. He died immediately. His bodyguard engaged the gunman in a firefight that wounded the bodyguard and the attacker.
It has long been suspected that Vororenkov had incriminating information regarding F. Yanukovych, Ukraine’s former president. The lawmaker reportedly knew some important details about the Federal Security Service and how they were laundering money.
Because the shooting was so public and bloody, Ukrainian officials are suggesting that this murder was meant to send a message to anyone who is openly critical of the Russian government or threatens to expose Putin