Security Service was allegedly surveilling Sheremet night before murder, — investigation

Source : 112 Ukraine

At least one SSU officer was near the journalist’s home day before he was killed
22:39, 10 May 2017


Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) was allegedly following journalist Pavlo Sheremet a night before he was killed, according to the journalistic investigation by OCCRP and Slidstvo.Info portal. 

In particular, journalists established that 2 vehicles, Mercedes and Skoda, were near Sheremet’s house all night before his murder.

Passengers and drivers of the mentioned cars were behaving suspiciously, furthermore, they have seen the criminals who placed explosive in journalist’s car.

One of the members of Bellingcat investigative project managed to identify the license plate, and on which OCCRP found the owner — Zaretska Nataliya. The owner claimed that she bought the vehicle for the benefit of another person, Igor Ustymenko.

Journalist’s source claims that Ustymenko was SSU officer as of 2014. He graduated from Poltava air defense college, was serving in Crimea.

Ustymenko himself refused to comment his ties with security service, and could not provide specific answer what he was doing in the night of Sheremet’s murder near his home in conversation with journalists.

He stopped getting in touch at all after some time.

The investigation also describes that the National Police conducts its own investigation of Sheremet’s murder quite negligently. A number of witnesses was not questioned, video footage from some cameras was not seized.

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