Oleg Kalashnikov, an ally of Ukrainian ex-President Viktor Yanukovych, has been found dead in his home on Wednesday. The body indicated he was shot, as gunshots wounds were found on his body. The former ally of Yanukovych actively participated in the “anti-Maidan” protests to support the then-ousted ex-president.
It is not yet confirmed whether it was murder or suicide. This is the eighth case in three months involving murders of officials under the former president. Most of the deaths indicate they had committed suicide, as what police had ruled out, the AFP remarked.
However, reports say it is possible that the officials were either murdered or forced to take their own lives. David Stern of BBC said that no intention of the killing has come to the forefront, and no arrest has been made yet.
In February last year, Kalashnikov fled from Ukraine following violent threats against him. He supported pro-Moscow Yanukovych and joined in protests against ousting him in 2014. Later, Mr Kalashnikov reemerged in Russia.
Last month, Yanukovych’s son, Viktor Jr., aged 33, drowned in Siberia’s Lake Baikal after his car fell through ice.