Ukrainian investigators have identified all participants in the criminal group involved in the killing of former Russian State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov in central Kyiv and the prosecutors are sending the case to court, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said.
“A large-scale investigation has helped to identify all participants in the criminal group, including the masterminds and the perpetrators involved in this murder,” the prosecutor general said at a briefing in Kyiv on Oct. 9.
According to Lutsenko, the murder of Voronenkov was ordered by a criminal boss controlled by the Russian Federal Security Bureau (FSB), Vladimir Tyurin, who is also the former common-law partner of Russian opera singer and ex-deputy of Duma Maria Maksakova.
“The de facto mastermind of the killing, according to information possessed by the Main intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, which was confirmed by investigators from the capital’s prosecutor’s office, was FSB-controlled criminal ringleader Vladimir Tyurin, former common-law husband of Maria Maksakova,” the prosecutor general said.
“These actions (giving evidence in Ukraine) caused concern among the Kremlin top circles and according to the investigators, the FSB leadership together with Russian criminal bosses organized the killing of the man whom they see as an extremely valuable witness,” Lutsenko added.