Kiev officially announced the identity of the killer, who shot the former Russia's State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov. It was a resident of Dnepropetrovsk Pavel Parshov, who had served in the local National Guard. The authorities of Ukraine immediately hastened to announce that Parshov was an agent of the Russian special services. However, Rosbalt failed to find the slightest binding of the killer to the Russian Federation. But his connection with the disgraced Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky is visible.
The correspondent of Rosbalt has restored the biography of Pavel Parshov. He was born on July 28, 1988 in Inkerman of the Balaklava district of Sevastopol. His father, Alexander Parshov, served in the Soviet Airborne Forces in the Soviet era, and took part in the war in Afghanistan as a machine-gunner. When Pavel was still small, the family moved to the Dnepropetrovsk region. There Alexander Parshov tried to do business, established in 1998 the firm "Agrokosm". But the business did not work out. Senior Parshov got a job as a security guard at OOO Security & Protection. But even there everything was bad. Alexander Parshov was twice tried. Once for the fact that he, working as a security guard, took away a mobile phone from a girl. And the second, for the threat of physical violence against a man.
In the end, Parshov the senior returned to Sevastopol. What he does now is difficult to say. It is only known that at one time, together with several Kiev residents, he often flew to Lvov.
By the time of departure from Dnepropetrovsk, Parshov the senior divorced his wife, their son Pavel remained with his mother, Tatyana. She alone raised a child (Alexander Parshov did not pay alimony), working as a seller at the private enterprise "Novichok". In 2005, Tatyana Parshova applied to Zhovtnevy police department of Dnipropetrovsk with a statement about the attack on her son, who was studying at school No. 66. According to the woman, on Heroes Avenue, near their house, two unknown persons threatened Pavel and tried to take away from his mobile phone.
Soon after this story Pavel Parshov began to engage in boxing and hand-to-hand fighting, to develop himself physically in every possible way. Thanks to the skills thus acquired, he found the first job. Approximately in 2006, he was involved in providing power support to couriers carrying large sums of money. And it was a question of completely illegal business. The businessmen created dozens of one-day firms all over Ukraine, through which gigantic sums were illegally cashed, after deducting interest transferred to customers. Parshov not only acted as a security guard, he also registered several companies (in the Dnepropetrovsk region and in Odessa), used in the shadow schemes.
In July 2011, Ukrainian operatives became interested in the activities of the "encashiers", a criminal case was opened. Parshov disappeared, and in November 2011 was put on the wanted list. However, the source of Rosbalt, who is familiar with the situation, assured that Pavel had not been really hiding. According to the interlocutor of the agency, he joined the number of fighters of one of the private paramilitary units associated with Igor Kolomoisky. In May 2012, the investigation of the criminal case against Parshov was suspended due to the inability to detain the accused.
In 2013-2014, there was an overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych, the annexation of Crimea by Russia, the fighting began in the Donbass. In so troubled times many of the wanted criminals have noticeably brightened up. Pavel Parshov was not an exception. At first he joined the organization "Defense of Great Ukraine", whose branch operates in Dnepropetrovsk. Then he served in the squads "Karpatska Sich", "Azov", "Donbass", where he had a nickname, Boxer. By the way, information appeared that Kolomoisky related to the financing of most of these units. Since "Donbass" is a member of the National Guard of Ukraine, Parshov acquired a corresponding certificate. It is worth noting that his search was officially terminated on May 12, 2015, after he began to serve in various detachments. And there is no explanation for this fact in the card about the search. (It is noteworthy that all the claims against Parshov were lifted by the law enforcement agencies shortly after Kolomoisky ceased to be the governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region, but he still retained control over this region.) In 2016, he left the service, and in March 2017 he appeared in the center of Kiev with a pistol in his hand.
Investigation of the murder of Voronenkov showed that on March 23 Parshov watched his car for a while using his own car. When Voronenkov began to park outside the Premier Palace Hotel, Parshov stopped his car nearby. As soon as the former deputy appeared on the street, Parshov quickly approached him from behind and, calling him, opened fire. The guard of the ex-parliamentarian tried to dislodge the gun from the attacker, but also got a bullet. The criminal continued to fire into the fallen Voronenkov, and then tried to escape, but the wounded guard (a military counterintelligence soldier of Ukraine) using his service weapon was able to fire several aimed shots into the escaped killer. Parshov was injured in the chest and head, and later died on the operating table.
Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs, People's Deputy of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko said on Friday the following: "During his life, Pavel Parshov never officially traveled beyond the borders of Ukraine. But in February 2015 he crossed the border of Ukraine, after walking through one of the checkpoints on the border with Belarus. In Russia, where he stayed before he was sent to Ukraine, he passed a special training course at a school for saboteurs, created back in the days of Stalin's NKVD."
However, this version looks, to put it mildly, unconvincing: despite all the efforts, the Rosbalt correspondent did not manage to find the slightest trace of Parshov's stay in Russia or his relations with Russia.
Sources of Rosbalt believe that in the murder Voronenkov one should not look for traces of Ukrainian or Russian special services. "I would place the attention of the Kiev authorities on the possible connection between Parshov and Kolomoisky. Kolomoisky is the Ukrainian Berezovsky, and operates by the same methods. Remember, for example, the same resonant murders in Moscow: Politkovskaya and Khlebnikov. In addition, Kolomoisky is an ardent supporter of the continuation of the war in Ukraine, and the murder of Voronenkov greatly contributes to his plans," the Rosbalt source, familiar with the situation, said.
Another interlocutor of the agency suggests that the motives for the murder of Voronenkov should be sought in the Russian part of the life of the ex-deputy. He remembered Voronenkov's relations with businessman Vitaly Kachur, and with Alexander Yanukovich (the son of the former president of Ukraine), which Rosbalt already reported. "Kachur and Yanukovich, Jr. are dangerous people. The former is now in jail on the fault of Voronenkov, and he gave evidence against the latter's father," the source of the agency said. He also said that the ex-deputy through offshore companies owned serious assets. "We need to understand who will get control over these offshore companies after his death," he noted.