A top Russian politician was just gunned down in the middle of the street in broad daylight, Russian news centers are reporting.
He was walking down the street in the city where he lived, Kiev, Ukraine, when he was shot.
The gruesome pictures were taken by passerby and posted up on social media.
The politician was a critic of Putin’s and an ex-member of the communist faction in the lower house of Russian parliament, or Duma. He had to flee for his life last year and settle in Ukraine to get away from Vladimir Putin, the all powerful Russian president.
The politician once likened Putin’s government to that of Nazi Germany and this apparently did not sit well with the Russian leader.
Investigations will continue.
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Voronenkov, 45, was an ex-member of the communist faction in the lower house of the Russian parliament.
He fled to Ukraine last Autumn after fearing for his life as an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He famously once compared Putin’s government to “Nazi Germany”.
The former MP left Russia with his wife, singer Maria Maksakova, who was also involved in politics.
Voronenkov was reportedly on his way to meet Ilya Ponomarev, also an exiled ex-Russian MP.
Ponomarev wrote on Facebook: “I have no words. The security guard was able to injure the attacker.
“The potential theory is obvious. Voronenko was not a crook, but an investigator who was fatally dangerous to Russian authorities.”
Kiev’s police chief, Andriy Grishchenko, said he could “confirm” the assassination.
He added that the injured killer has been caught but gave no further details of his identity, saying: “The killer is under protection, he is given priority medical assistance.”
However, just hours later, police sources confirmed the suspected assassin had died in hospital.
Voronenkov renounced his Russian citizenship after he fled in October 2016, saying he was forced to leave after being persecuted by Russian security agencies.
The killing will raise fears of tensions between Russia and Ukraine deepening.
The countries have been at loggerheads since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 by Russian forces.
Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, called the head of the security services for a meeting just after the killing.
And Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Yuri Lutsenko, wrote on social media that the murder was “the usual kind of Kremlin retribution”.
But the Kremlin has released a statement denying any involvement, saying accusations of the like are “absurd”.