One year after murder of Ukrainian reporter Pavlo Sheremet

13:25, 20 July 2017

The murder is based on the victim’s professional activity. This is the main suggestion of the Ukrainian law enforcers looking into the murder of reporter Pavlo Sheremet. According to Artem Shevchenko, the spokesman of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, the investigation moves slowly because the crime is ‘quite complicated’.

Pavlo Sheremet, the Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian journalist was killed on July 20, 2016 in Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Surveillance camera video, released by the Interior Ministry soon after the assassination shows a man and a woman near Sheremet’s house. The woman seemed to be hiding an explosive device under the driver’s car seat. The couple disappeared immediately after that.

The law enforcers consider various motives for the murder. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko said that the most possible one would be the revenge for Sheremet’s professional activity.

The police previously discarded another two motives, including a murder by mistake; the car which Sheremet drove that morning belonged to Olena Prytula, the owner of Ukrainska Pravda website.