Police puts car explosion that killed Sheremet as homicide

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainian reporter deceased due to the blast in downtown Kyiv
10:04, 20 July 2016

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The press service of Kyiv police says that currently, local investigators put the incident as homicide. That's what the preliminary report says.

The pre-trial investigation kicked off. Investigation group of the Chief department and the regional department of police are working at the site in the downtown Kyiv. 

The journalist deceased in the car blast in Kyiv on Wednesday morning (Ukrainska Pravda). The vehicle blew up in the downtown Ukrainian capital at about 7.45 a.m. The car belonged to Olena Prytula, Editor in Chief of the Ukrainska Pravda, famous outlet.

Sheremet was on his way to the studio of Radio Vesti company, where he was supposed to host the radio program. 

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.

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