A former ally of deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has been found shot to death in his home in Kiev.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said Oleg Kalashnikov, a former member of the Ukrainian parliament, was found dead Wednesday evening. It said the he had died of gunshot wounds but did not say whether it was believed to be homicide or suicide.

Kalashnikov was a deputy for the Party of Regions in Ukraine's previous parliament.

At least six former Ukrainian government officials from Yanukovych's time have died over the past two months in various circumstances that police have said were most likely suicides.

Yanukovych fled in February 2014 after months of increasingly violent protests. He later resurfaced in Russia.