It's been exactly two years since the death of Pavlo Sheremet, the famous journalist of Belarusian descent who lived and worked in Ukraine, known for his criticism against the Kremlin's policy. The reporter perished due to the bomb explosion in Kyiv in the morning of July 20.
On Friday morning, the mourning action took place at the crossroads of Ivana Franka and Bohdana Khmelnytskoho streets in Kyiv. People brought flowers and candles to honor Sheremet's memory.
The investigation considers five possible lines of enquiry of the murder:
- professional activity in Russia and Belarus;
- mistake, which resulted in collateral damage (the contractor could be planning the murder of Olena Prytula, the editor-in-chief of Ukrainska Pravda outlet; Sheremet drove her car that morning, - 112 International);
- professional activity in Ukraine and hic critical reviews in Ukrainska Pravda and Radio Vesti;
- external agents, which made efforts to destabilize the situation in the country;
- conflict situations in Sheremet's personal life, along with his commercial and financial conditions.
Two years after the murder, neither the killer nor the contractor were identified. The investigation is still underway.
As we 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.
Beyond that, joint investigation of OCCRP and Slidstvo.Info portal has recently established that Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) could be following journalist Pavlo Sheremet a night before he was killed.
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.