Today is second anniversary of death of journalist Pavlo Sheremet

Today is second anniversary of death of journalist Pavlo Sheremet

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Pavlo Sheremet was killed in the center of Kyiv early on July 20, 2016. The car in which he was driving was blown up by an improvised explosive device.

Law enforcement officers preliminarily considered several theories behind the murder, in particular, "professional activity" and "Russian trace." The investigation team, which included representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine and the National Police of Ukraine, is in favor of the theory of professional motives of the murder, but the organizers and perpetrators of the explosion have not been established yet due to the fact that evidence is still being collected. According to the Interior Ministry, the investigation into the murder of the journalist is substantially complicated due to his Russian citizenship, since it is impossible to identify and question in Russia those who might be involved in the crime.

Pavlo Sheremet was born in Minsk in 1971. During his journalistic career, he worked as anchor and producer of Prospekt, a weekly news and analysis program on Belarus state television, editor-in-chief of the Belarusian newspaper Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta, head of the Belarusian bureau of the Russian public television company ORT and an ORT correspondent in Belarus, a special correspondent for the Novosti and Vremya programs on ORT, and chief editor of the Russian and foreign correspondent network of the directorate of information programs on ORT. He served as anchor of the weekly analytical program Vremya. Sheremet often appeared in the media as a representative of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's regime. In 2005, the journalist initiated the creation of the information and analytical website Belarusian Partisan. In the second half of the 2000s, Sheremet also appeared in the press as head of the Partisan Publishing House, which, in addition to his own books, published, in particular, one of the books of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

In 2010, Pavlo Sheremet was stripped of his Belarusian citizenship. The official reason stated in the documents was the presence of Russian citizenship, although, according to the press, Belarusian laws did not prohibit second citizenship. He had lived in Ukraine since 2012.

During these years he worked for the Ukrayinska Pravda ezine and Radio Vesti.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next to the relatives of Pavlo Sheremet during the farewell ceremony for the deceased journalist, Ukrainian House, 2016
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko next to the relatives of Pavlo Sheremet during the farewell ceremony for the deceased journalist, Ukrainian House, 2016

The journalist was buried in Minsk.

In June this year, the name of Pavlo Sheremet was carved on the memorial wall at the Newseum in Washington, where the names of journalists from all over the world, who were killed because of their journalistic activities or during the performance of their duties, are added every year.

An event to honor the memory of Pavlo Sheremet was held in Kyiv today.


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