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Kremlin critic’s killer Russian agent, official says

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The killer of a former Russian lawmaker in central Kiev was a Ukrainian national trained to be an agent of the Russian government, an aide to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Friday.

The killer, Pavel Parshov, secretly crossed the Ukrainian border into Belarus in 2015 and made his way to Russia, where he was trained in sabotage and tasked with infiltrating the Ukrainian military, official Anton Gerashchenko said in a Facebook post.

The official said Parshov went on to serve in the Ukrainian National Guard for a year.

According to police information, Parshov would currently be 28 years old.

Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov, an outspoken critic of the Kremlin, was shot dead outside an upscale hotel in central Moscow on Thursday.

A bodyguard managed to wound the attacker, who later died.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described the murder as an “act of state terrorism by Russia” with signs of involvement by Russian state agents.

The Kremlin promptly rejected such claims, condemning the allegation of Russian state involvement in the murder as “absurd.”

Voronenkov was considered instrumental in Ukraine’s treason case against the country’s former, Russia-connected president, Viktor Yanukovych, whom Ukraine ousted three years ago amid mass protests calling for closer ties with the West. (dpa)

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