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Great reports and shocking death: bio of Pavlo Sheremet

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13:51, 20 July 2016
Great reports and shocking death: bio of Pavlo Sheremet

Author : 112.ua

Pavlo Sheremet has been investigating offshore scandal; he was known for his tough stance on corruption. The journalist was not close to anyone of prominent politicians

13:51, 20 July 2016
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July 20 in the morning, a well-known journalist Pavlo Sheremet has died in Kyiv as a result of his car explosion. The journalist worked in Ukrainska Pravda, a popular online news agency. The car belonged to his employer, the head of Ukrainska Pravda. 7:45 am Sheremet got into the car, which exploded after starting the engine and driving several dozen meters. The car has completely burnt out.

Journalistic career

From 1994 to April 1995, Sheremet was the presenter and producer of Prospekt program on Belarus state television. The program was banned by Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko one week before a referendum to increase the president's powers.

On 22 July 1997, Sheremet and his colleagues from ORT channel (Channel One Russia, ed.) filmed his illegal crossing illegally the border between Belarus and Lithuania to demonstrate how easily the smugglers could cross the border. Sheremet was detained and charged with illegal border crossing, "exceeding his professional rights as journalists," and participating in a conspiracy. As a result, he was given suspended sentences and a "nominal" fine.

In late 1990s, he worked for ORT channel, and estimated his work as a negative experience.

In spring 2000, Sheremet was the head of the department of ORT special projects, engaged in the production of films and programs in the genre of investigative journalism.

In 2005, Sheremet initiated the creation of information and analytical web site "Belarusian Partisan." According to the editorial board site, it had to become a space of "a free and open exchange of information." Subsequently, the "Belarusian Partisan" sharply criticized the Belarusian authorities.

In June 2006, he became the founder of a new organization "Russian Anti-Fascist Front."

At the end of March 2010, Sheremet was deprived of Belarus citizenship. Since 2012, he had started blogging for Ukrainska Pravda. In 2013 –2014, he worked as a presenter for the Public Television of Russia. After that began cooperation with Ukrainska Pravda and later became its executive director.

Awards

In 1995, the Belarus PEN Center gave Sheremet its Adamovich Prize, naming him the best television reporter in Belarus. In 1998, he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists, "an annual recognition of courageous journalism." Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly announced Sheremet as the winner of its 2002 Prize for Journalism and Democracy, which he would share with Austrian television journalist Friedrich Orter, cited for his human rights reporting in the Balkans and Afghanistan.

Related: Lithuanian Foreign Ministry offers condolences on Sheremet’s death

Related: Sheremet will be buried in Minsk

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