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Police are yet to identify Sheremet’s murderer

Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet was killed in Kyiv in the morning of July 20, 2016
13:02, 20 July 2018

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The National Police of Ukraine said it continued working on identification of the individual involved in the murder of Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sheremet. The first deputy head of the National Police Vyacheslav Abroskin reported this at a briefing in Odesa on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"Today I can say that the person (a murderer) is found. However what we found was not a particular person, but a fact that it is a person who can be identified ... This analysis of the video materials will allow us to identify this person who was there before the murder and who was on video while mining the car," Abroskin said.

The police said that about 3,000 terabytes of video materials from the crime scene had already been processed.

Abroskin refused to disclose other details, referring to the secret of the investigation.

It's been exactly two years since the death of Pavlo Sheremet, the famous journalist of Belarusian descent who lived and worked in Ukraine, known for his criticism against the Kremlin's policy. 

Related: Investigations has no serious progress in murder of Sheremet, - Ukraine's Prosecutor General

As we reported earlier, 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.

Related: Sheremet's murder: investigation is complicated by Russian citizenship of journalist

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