German specialists will provide more information from their own investigation of Pavlo Sheremet’s murder in Kyiv in July this year. First Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s National Police Vadym Troyan reported this in his interview with Channel 5 on Tuesday.
‘There’s some progress in the matter, but so far, we’ve got to keep it behind the closed doors. My chief went to Germany for closer cooperation with their experts. They promised to pass us the results of their investigation in a week,’ he said.
As 112 International reported, Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv in the morning of July 20, 2016. The car he was driving exploded in the city’s downtown. The vehicle belonged to his civilian wife, Editor-in-Chief of Ukrainska Pravda outlet Olena Prytula; she was not in the car at the moment. The Ukrainian police qualified the explosion as intentional homicide. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko assumed the murder could be the part of some ‘greater plan’, perhaps designed by the Kremlin. The key version of Sheremet’s murder was his professional activity.
Pavlo Sheremet was Ukrainian and Russian journalist of Belarusian origin. The 44-year-old is widely famous for his criticism of Russian and Belarusian leaders – Putin and Lukashenko, respectively. Sheremet was imprisoned by the government of Belarus in 1997, sparking an international incident between Belarus and Russia. The New York Times has described him as "known for his crusading reports about political abuses in Belarus" and "a thorn in the side of Lukashenko's autocratic government".He was awarded the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award in 1999 and the OSCE Prize for Journalism and Democracy in 2002. Sheremet was married with two children, a son and a daughter. He also had a son with Canadian photographer Heidi Hollinger.