A memorial event “YearWithoutPavlo” takes place in Kyiv today, on July 20 since 8 a.m, to commemorate the first anniversary since the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. Kyiv citizens and journalists rally requiring the law enforcement bodies to investigate the murder of their colleague, the 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent reported.
“People are coming to the place of death of Pavlo Sheremet, the crossing of Franka and Khmelnytskogo streets, to commemorate him. Music is playing, people bring flowers and icon lamps. A big number of journalists gathered. A poster with Pavlo’s photo is installed at the scene. The law enforcers take their duties preventing the cars from parking near the scene of Sheremet’s murder,” the correspondent reports.
The rally participants gather on the scene, at the crossing of Franka and Khmelnytskogo streets. The column moved to the building of the National Police, Internal Ministry and the Presidential Administration.
“Ms Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, laid flowers. People plan to rally towards the Presidential Administration and to the law enforcement bodies in order to remind the authorities on the case of Pavlo Sheremet, as neither organisers nor perpetrators of the murder are not still found.
The former colleagues of Pavlo Sheremet and his acquaintances painted the floor in black, writing “Who killed Pavlo?” This is one of the stages of today’s rally.
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.