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Thursday, February 22, 2018

In the state Duma did not believe the testimony of ex-members against Yanukovych

With the submission of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko reported that the two ex-Deputy of the state Duma, who fled Ukraine – Denis Boronenkov and Ilya Ponomarev – testified against Viktor Yanukovych on charges of treason. “I can confidently say that no secret information Boronenkov can not have”, – commented on these allegations, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Konstantin Zatulin.

The Communist party will understand the situation with the former Deputy of the state Duma from the party by Denis Voronenkova, which, as previously reported, gave Kiev’s testimony against the ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. The intention of the Communist party said the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist party, state Duma Deputy Vladimir Kashin.

“What it can testify? He is not so intimately acquainted with Yanukovych”

Earlier the public Prosecutor of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko declared that his Department allegedly questioned the two deputies of the state Duma of Russia on the case against Yanukovych, whom new Ukrainian authorities want to accuse of treason. Lutsenko did not name the names of the Russian Parliament. But, as stated in the material published on Friday the newspaper “Kommersant”, we are talking about the former deputies – namely Denis Boronenkov and Ilya Ponomarev.

We will remind, ex-the Deputy from “Fair Russia” Ilya Ponomarev, expelled from the party and the Duma faction WED, was stripped of his parliamentary mandate in July last year for the systematic absences. Earlier in 2015, Ponomarev was stripped of parliamentary immunity at the request of the Prosecutor General’s office for investigation of embezzlement of funds of the Fund “SKOLKOVO”. We are talking about correspondence investigation – in June 2014, Ponomarev fled to the United States, and last summer received a residence permit in Ukraine. Perhaps, the Kiev authorities have estimated that Ponomarev, being the Deputy of the Duma, the only vote against the reunification of the Crimea with Russia.

The Deputy of last convocation Denis Boronenkov ran from the Communist party in this election, but failed. Former parliamentarian-Communist (which in may last year entered the top ten owners of foreign offshore companies according to Forbes), famous for his wedding, had become involved in the case.

In December 2014, the Moscow Department of the Investigative Committee has transferred in the Duma materials for Boronenkov deprivation of parliamentary immunity. In April 2015, with the appropriate request to the lower house asked the Federal leadership of the UK. It was reported that Voronenkov is suspected of organizing the fraud, in which he and his accomplices illegally got possession of the building cost 127 million rubles. The decision on deprivation of Deputy immunity has not been taken.

In December 2016, ex-MP and his wife, a former MP from the “United Russia” Maria Maksakov (not held party primaries and therefore not participating in the elections), moved to Ukraine.

According to “Kommersant”, citing a source close to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Boronenkov “he took the initiative, went to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko” and gave testimony in the case of treason against Yanukovych.

What valuable indications about the “treason Yanukovych” could give two former Russian parliamentarian, is unclear.

“Duck” or treason?

Recall of “important evidence” of the former Deputy of the state Duma of Russia in the case of Yanukovych, Lutsenko said in December last year. Before that, the Pechersky district court of Kiev granted permission for the arrest of Yanukovych on suspicion of treason.

According to Lutsenko, an unnamed “state Duma deputies” allegedly testified, according to which “the mechanism of the introduction of troops of Russia on the territory of independent Ukraine was launched by the Kremlin in December when Maidan was still standing in the center of Kiev”.

State Duma Deputy from the Communist party, the Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist party Vladimir Kashin has questioned the veracity of statements by Lutsenko. “It is doubtful that Voronenkov there (in Ukraine), left, and second, what it can testify? He is not so intimately acquainted with Yanukovych. Maybe he can Express some point of view, but I think it’s by and large another “duck” – said the Deputy head of the Central Committee of the Communist party in comments TASS.

“A military man, the system, quite closed… I think it is pretty well balanced, not to say anything stupid,” he described Kashin a former colleague. The Deputy-the Communist, however, added that Voronenkov joined the Communist party, being elected on the list of the Communist party.

MP from the Communist party Yuri Afonin in comments Life said: “This situation is like a bolt from the sky! Absolutely strange and inexplicable thing. If these facts really are true, then this is a betrayal of the interests of the country.” According to Afonina, the Communist party intends to consider the issue of exclusion of Denis Boronenkov from the ranks of the Communist party. Afonin said that once the non-election to the state Duma Boronenkov “rarely seen” in the party.

“Voronenkov says about what you cannot know, by definition”

First Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, MP from “United Russia” Konstantin Zatulin noted in comments the newspaper VIEW: “As a person engaged in the Ukraine over the past twenty years, I can safely say that no secret information he (Boronenkov) have not. As far as I know, and I know a few, are irrelevant to the formation of the Russian-Ukrainian relations Denis Boronenkov had. At any meetings where they discussed the Russian policy towards Ukraine, Boronenkov I have not seen,” – said the MP.

According to Zatulin, all that is now says on the order of the Ukrainian authorities Voronenkov (if claims Lutsenko is right), left completely on his conscience.

“He just says what he can not know. With the greatest probability, this man, or entangled, or consciously making the choice in favor of the Kiev regime, now just says that Lutsenko and other representatives of the Ukrainian authorities want to hear”, – said Zatulin.

“Did not notice any activity on the Ukrainian question”

The first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee for international Affairs, MP from “United Russia” Svetlana Zhurova told the newspaper VIEW that, frankly, remembers that during the work in the Duma Boronenkov spoke up actively on the Ukrainian issue or dealt with this issue.

“Regarding Ukraine all factions of the state Duma traditionally serve with a consolidated position, and all parliamentarians involved in Ukraine, as a rule, closely communicate with each other. Boronenkov among them certainly was not” she said.

According to Zhurova, it is likely that Ukraine Boronenkov with his wife brought concerns that they are again interested in the Prosecutor’s office and the Investigative Committee. “Then, of course, closed, but it is possible that Boronenkov and Maksakova was afraid that not going to the Duma and, thus, not having received parliamentary immunity, they will once again become the object of attention of our law enforcement agencies”, – said the Deputy.


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