April 15, 2015 / 8:00 PM / 4 years ago

Former Ukrainian lawmaker shot dead in Kiev: interior ministry

KIEV (Reuters) - Oleg Kalashnikov, a former member of parliament for ex-president Viktor Yanukovich’s discredited Party of Regions, was found shot dead in Kiev on Wednesday, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Senior ministry official Anton Gerashchenko said Kalashnikov, 52, had knowledge of the “Anti-Maidan” movement, which opposed pro-Western protests that ousted Yanukovich in 2014, suggesting this might be a motive for his alleged murder.

The ministry had opened up a criminal case, he said.

“Without doubt the deceased knew a lot about who financed Anti-Maidan and in what way ... He takes these secrets with him to the grave,” Gerashchenko said.

Kalashnikov’s body was found at 1920 (1620 GMT) and a team of police investigators was at the scene, the ministry said, without giving further details.

Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Louise Ireland

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