Murder of Ukrainian ex-MP, leader of Anti-Maidan movement Oleg Kalashnikov in Kiev

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Murder of Ukrainian ex-MP, leader of Anti-Maidan movement Oleg Kalashnikov in Kiev

15th April 2015, Kiev, Ukraine

Oleg Kalashnikov, former MP from the Party of Regions was shot in Kiev on April 15th.

The press service of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported that the murder occurred around 7.20 p. m. in the residence of the former MP, the cause of death was gunshot wounds. An operational investigative group is working at the crime scene.

According to Ukrainian media, Kalashnikov was killed on the 8th floor of a residential building in residential area Vynohradar of Kiev in his apartment. The media also reported that Kalashnikov received threats of physical violence recently due to his political views, in particular the the call to widely celebrate the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. However, Kalashnikov also had an extremely bad reputation among the activists of Euromaidan as one of the organizers of the tent camp in support of Viktor Yanukovich in Mariinsky Park during the events of the so-called "Revolution of dignity" in winter of 2013-2014.

Notably, Kalashnikov was the fourth prominent member of the Party of Regions, who had suddenly passed away in the course of the last two months: former deputy head of the Party of Regions faction in the Verkhovna Rada [Parliament] Mikhail Chechetov allegedly committed suicide by jumping out of the window of his apartment on the 17th floor on February 28; ex-MP Stanislav Miller was found dead on March 10, and on 12 March the body of former governor of the Zaporozhye region, Alexander Peklushenko, was found. The last two, according to the police, shot themselves.

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