Journalist Pavlo Sheremet and Editor-in-Chief of Ukrainska Pravda outlet Olena Prytula complained they were under surveillance. Novaya Gazeta reported this on Wednesay, with a reference to close friends of the deceased journalist.
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The journalist deceased in the car blast in Kyiv on Wednesday morning. 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.