Ambassadors of the G7 member countries (the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, France, France and Japan, - 112 International) insist that Ukraine continue looking into the murder of reporter Pavlo Sheremet that took place exactly one year ago. The diplomats signed a joint statement, in which they urge law enforcers to bring the perpetrators to responsibility. The document was published at the website of the Italian embassy in Ukraine.
‘Today, July 20, marks the first anniversary since reporter Pavlo Sheremet was murdered. This is why ambassadors of the G7 member countries say it is important to keep on investigating the circumstances of his death and bringing the guilty ones to justice. The part of the independent press in Ukraine is crucial; and we remain committed to freedom of the press in Ukraine,’ the document reads.
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. He was married with two children, a son and a daughter. He also had a son with Canadian photographer Heidi Hollinger.