Sheremet’s murder: FBI to release conclusions on the explosive device by mid-September
Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s National Police Vadym Troyan shares new details about the reporter’s assassination
‘Experts ran several rounds of expertise and learned more about the composition of the explosive device. However, they have not yet found out how it had detonated’, Troyan said in an interview with Ukrainska Pravda outlet. The official shared more information about the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet, the horrible accident that took place in Kyiv in the morning of July 20.
According to him, the National Police turned to the FBI for assistance, since they have more comprehensive programs for search and identification of individuals – for the faster and more efficient search of those who set the explosive charge under Sheremet’s car.
Troyan also specified the four key versions of the reporter’s murder that are now considered by the investigation group.
‘The first version is the one we refer to as ‘the Russian trail’. That could be someone who wanted to deface Ukraine and have his revenge for Sheremet and his critical position during his work in Russia’.
‘Version #2: the Ukrainian one. These could be the people or entire entities hurt by the results of the investigative reports by Sheremet and Ukrainska Pravda. It’s crucial that we find out who could benefit from this murder in Ukraine’.
‘Version number three: the personal revenge. The crime’s perpetrator could have planned a terrorist attack on Olena Prytula, the CEO of Ukrainska Pravda (Sheremet was driving her car on that morning, - 112 International). Olena’s job is quite dangerous and risky, we do understand that’.
‘The fourth option is – fanatics. Some people who could’ve arrived to Kyiv from the occupied territories or elsewhere. They could take Sheremet as a traitor or something. It could be an act of personal vendetta. Fanatics are a special category of people; they are quite a fearsome weapon’.
The Deputy Chief of Ukraine’s National Police added that the investigation currently has more videos at their disposal, which lets them see more precisely the way the suspects moved and acted.
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.
He was married with two children, a son and a daughter. He also had a son with Canadian photographer Heidi Hollinger.
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