https://themoscowtimes.com/news/bre...rian-and-putin-critic-shot-dead-in-kiev-57513A former Russian parliamentarian who fled to Ukraine and harshly criticized the Russian authorities has been shot dead in Kiev.
Denis Voronenkov, formerly a Communist Party lawmaker in the State Duma, was one of two men killed outside Kiev's Premier Palace hotel March 23, according to the Vesti Ukraine news website. Kiev Police Chief Andrei Krishchenko said the murder was likely a contract killing, according to the Meduza news site.
Voronenkov served in the State Duma until October 2016 when he lost his seat in parliamentary elections. Having lost parliamentary immunity, he fled a corruption investigation with his wife, former United Russia lawmaker Maria Maksakova. In December 2016, Voronenkov received Ukrainian citizenship.
Last month, Russia launched large-scale fraud charges against the former parliamentarian after he gave a damning interview to the Ukrainian media outlet Censor.net.ua.
During the interview, he said that Russia was in the grip of a "pseudo-patriotic frenzy similar to Nazi Germany, and claimed that it was a mistake for Russia to annex the Crimean peninsula.