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Ukraine's police: Murder of journalist Sheremet has not been solved yet

Three years have passed since the tragedy
15:58, 23 July 2019

Head of the National Police of Ukraine Serhiy Knyazev
Press service of the National Police

The murder of the journalist Pavlo Sheremet has not been solved yet. This was stated by the head of the National Police of Ukraine Serhiy Knyazev in his report to President Zelensky, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“On July 20, three years have passed since journalist Pavlo Sheremet was murdered. During this time, investigators worked to find out the circumstances of the crime, to establish customers, organizers, and performers. However, the crime remained unsolved. We understand that the society waits for the results and names of persons involved in the murder, but it is too early to name them,” Knyazev said.

As it was reported earlier, on July 20, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky urged the heads of law enforcement agencies on July 23 to inform him about the progress in the investigation of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet. OSCE representative on issues media freedom Harlem Désir on the third anniversary of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet urged Ukrainian authorities to conclude the crime investigation and ensure that the guilty were punished. 

Related: Sheremet’s wife files lawsuit against Lutsenko, accusing him of inaction

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, a 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.

In August 2018, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said the investigation had new information in the case of the murder of the journalist Pavlo Sheremet, which could possibly point to the performers and customers.

Related: Prosecutor General announces lead in ‘Sheremet case’

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