New Cold War.org, March 24, 2017
Western media continues to omit revelations that the killer [of Denis Voronenkov on March 23, 2017 in Kyiv] served in Ukrainian far right volunteer units and was reportedly a neo-Nazi. Instead, it disseminates Ukrainian Interior Ministry propaganda that he was a Russian agent. He was a neo-Nazi and openly displayed his swastika.
Such Western media reporting follows a clear pattern of omissions or dismissals of various evidence of far-right involvement in the most highly publicized cases of violence in Ukraine such as the Maidan [February 2014] and Odesa [May 2, 2014] massacres; November 30  violence, attacks of the presidential administration and the parliament during Maidan; killings of journalists Pavel Sheremeta [July 2016] and Oles Buzyna [April 2015]; and the war in Donbas. Such a clear pattern of omissions and misrepresentations and ongoing failure to correct it cannot be explained by sheer ignorance of Western journalists about the far right and political violence in Ukraine.
Note by New Cold War.org: Selection of Western media reporting here: BBC; Business Insider; Reuters; Associated Press (on CBC.ca); New York Times. The New York Times report, in particular, reads like a press release prepared by the media relations department of Ukraine’s ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’, as the government calls its civil war in eastern Ukraine. The Times headline reads, ‘Russian agent killed lawmaker in Kiev, Ukraine officials say’.
The Moscow Times report at least tried to cover both sides of the story. It reported:
“The scale of anti-Russian sentiment in Voronenkov’s statements [since arriving in Ukraine] is truly surprising — it looks irrational,” a former Russian official, who knew Voronenkov personally, told the Moscow Times two weeks before his death. “It’s raises questions about the deal he made with the Ukrainian authorities,” he said.
Denis Voronenkov was first elected to the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) in 2011. He failed to win re-election in September 2016, thus losing his parliamentary immunity.
Supplementary information by New Cold war.org:
As reported by Ukrainian media outlet Strana.ua on March 24, the killer of Denis Voronenkov served in the Ukrainian National Guard for 13 months. Pavel Parshov resigned in August 2016. He came to the National Guard from the ‘Donbas Battalion’, which was headed by Ukrainian MP Semen Semenchenko. Before that, he served in the ‘Azov Battalion’, as his former commander explained. But ‘Azov’ has denied that.
In the summer of 2015, the Ukrainian government began to integrate into the National Guard the many extreme-right battalions that operated under their own commands. Some battalions have retained their command structures while under the overall command of the Guard.
Parshov was also connected to the organization Karpatska Sich, a far-right, White power organization in western Ukraine. When he enlisted into the National Guard, he was reportedly already wanted for financial crimes, namely creating fake companies to launder illegal money.
In the following interview, oppositionist blogger Anatoliy Shariy (who lives in exile in western Europe) interviews Alexander Talipov from Sevastopol, Crimea. Talipov has tried to find information about P. Parshov, whose father lives in Crimea. An irony of the whole event is that this may be the only connection of ‘Russia’ to the killing of Denis Voronenkov.