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

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is noted, it is impossible to hold the investigative actions at the territory of country-aggressor
14:32, 3 May 2018


The investigation of the murder of journalist Pavlo Sheremet is complicated by his Russian citizenship. Artem Shevchenko, the Director of Communication Department of the Interior Ministry claimed this as Hromadske reported.

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'It is impossible to hold the investigative actions at the territory of country-aggressor, to establish people involved in the crime or to question them – it considerably complicates the investigation', Shevchenko noted.

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.

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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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