A car bomb has killed renowned Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet in the Ukrainian capital. He was 44 years-old.
Sheremet became a well known journalist whilst reporting for Russian television in Belarus in the 1990s. He then went on to make documentaries in the 1990s and eventually left Russian state television in 2008 over increased censorship. He worked as a journalist in Ukraine since 2011, mostly for Ukrainska Pravda. He also co-founded and wrote for Belorusskiy Partisan, an opposition website focused on his native Belarus.
The Moscow Times has gathered some reactions to Sheremet's death from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.
Ukrainska Pravda published an editorial in memory of Sheremet
We called him Pal “Heroic.” For us he was a star and a maestro. A journalist who deeply understood and felt the social and political fabric of our time. A person who evoked deep respect.”
Katerina Gordeeva, Meduza correspondent, wrote this:
"Pavel Sheremet's biography is undoubtedly the story of a whole generation of Russian journalists who lost their jobs because of their convictions and circumstances outside their control. Unlike many others, after every painful layoff, Pasha was able to reinvent himself and get involved in new projects with redoubled energy. He managed to do his job like only a person infinitely committed to their profession can."
"Nobody in journalism—no one anywhere, for that matter—was indifferent about Sheremet. Some people worshipped him; some people hated him; some thought everything Sheremet did was for his own self-interest; and others understood that he was sincere even in his worst mistakes."
Olga Allenova, a Russian journalist, wrote this in Kommersant:
"Pasha was honest in everything. He stopped working in television for that exact reason. For him it was never a question, whether one should work for someone who you don't believe in just to make good money."
“He was always cheerful and optimistic, even in times that were difficult for him.”
“He could always find a common language with anyone — in this he was similar to his friend Nemtsov. I saw him talk with ambassadors, federal officials, opposition leaders....People always smiled around him.”
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