Yesterday, in the village of Vilne near Kryvyi Rih, " target="_blank" rel="noopener">the mayor of the city Kostiantyn Pavlov, was found dead on the veranda of his house. Pavlov had a gunshot wound in the chest area, and a Saiga rifle was lying next to him.
The police are now investigating what happened and are considering several versions. President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to personally monitor the progress of the case.
The police was called to the scene by an assistant who came to visit Pavlov at the request of the official's wife. Pavlov's family is now on vacation, the mayor himself was also at sea, but returned home.
“He did not get in touch in the morning. The wife asked the assistant to go and see what happened. The assistant came ... came in and saw,” the mayor's adviser said.
According to him, the shot was fired at the moment when the mayor was walking to open the door. The weapon that was near Pavlov belongs to him and is officially registered.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from the moment the shot was fired, the deceased managed to walk 10 m.
Surveillance cameras recorded the last minutes (the video was published by the Telegram channel Reporter UA) from the life of a politician: he walked around the house with a weapon, smoked and picked up the phone. There is also a sound in the video, and it could have been a shot. However, the video is of poor quality, the time and date on the CCTV cameras are shot down. In addition, a fragment in the middle of the video is cut out.
Today, at a briefing in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, it was indeed confirmed that there were cameras in Pavlov's house and the police examined the video. The analysis is being carried out. The head of the State Directorate of the National Police in the Dnipropetrovsk region, Anatoly Schadilo, said that he did not know how the video got on the Internet.
However, a neighbor of the deceased told TSN that she did not hear the shot, although her window was open.
Three versions of the police
The head of the communications department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Artem Shevchenko said that the possible reasons for the death of the mayor of Kryvyi Rih Kostiantyn Pavlov could be:
- suicide or incitement to it;
- careless handling of weapons.
It is these three versions that the Ministry of Internal Affairs is considering. Initial investigative actions will show signs of the likelihood of one of three options. The cause of death and the nature of the injury will be established through forensic and ballistic examinations. Later, criminologists from Kyiv also arrived at the crime scene.
It is also known that the police of the Dnipropetrovsk region launched an investigation into the death of Pavlov, opened criminal proceedings under Art. 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Intentional Murder").
Today, at a briefing, the police added that Pavlov could have died on Sunday morning - around 06: 30-07: 00 (according to the conclusion of the forensic scientist).
The incident has already been commented on by a number of politicians, including President Zelensky. The head of state says that the proceedings on the death of the mayor of Kryvyi Rih will be under his personal control.
"Tomorrow I will hear a report from the heads of law enforcement agencies on the first results of the investigation into the circumstances of the death of the mayor. I will keep this case under my personal control and insist on regular reports from law enforcement officers to the society of Kryvyi Rih," the president said.
The Regional State Administration said that the city will work as before. Soon it became known that Oleksandr Kotlyar, a member of the Servant of the People party, would temporarily act as the mayor.
At the same time, Vadym Rabinovich rejects the likelihood that Pavlov had reasons to commit suicide.
What is known about the deceased
Kostiantyn Pavlov (Opposition Platform - For Life party) became mayor of Kryvyi Rih in December 2020, winning and receiving 56.96% of the vote (97,591 votes).
The politician was born in Kryvyi Rih in 1973, worked at the Institute of Market Relations, at the Kryvbassconsulting enterprise, as the deputy head of the Southern GOK JSC.
From 2006 to 2012 he worked as the first deputy mayor, later became the MP of the VII and VIII convocations from the Party of Regions. In 2019, he served as an advisor to Yuri Vilkul in the executive committee of the Kryvyi Rih City Council.
The farewell ceremony for Mayor of Kryvyi Rih Kostyantyn Pavlov will take place on August 19. After the late respects, he will be buried at the Central cemetery of the city as the City Council reported.
“Kryvyi Rih is in mourning and pays tribute to the memory of Mayor Kostyantyn Pavlov. The farewell ceremony for Kostyantyn Pavlov and funeral service will take place on August 19, at 10:00-13.00 at Taras Shevchenko Theatre at Poshtovy Avenue,” the message says.
The funeral will take place at the Central cemetery. The buses will be organized for people who want to attend the farewell place.