Belarusian journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in car blast in Ukraine
July 22, NY: On Wednesday morning, journalist Pavel Sheremet died in a car blast, reports Ukrainska Pravda.
The car blew up on the corner of Bogdan Khmelnitskij and Ivana Franka street. The car belongs to Alena Prytula, head of Ukrainska Pravda, but she wasn't in the car.
The blast occurred at 7:45 am, when Pavel drove away from home several dozen meters.
Pavel Sheremet was assassinated on the morning of July 20 in Kyiv. The prosecutor general of Ukraine, Yury Lutsenka, reported that an explosive device had been found in the car wreckage.
The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine will initiate setting up a special investigation group, reports Radio Svaboda.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists deplores the tragic death of Pavel Sheremet, who has been member of BAJ since 1997.
Pavel Sheremet was born in Minsk, Belarus on November 28, 1971. He came to journalism from the banking sphere, initially as a consultant of economy programs for Belarusian TV. He was anchor of a weekly analytical program, Prospekt, on BT. In 1996 ,Sheremet became editor-in-chief of the Belarusian newspaper Belarusskaya Delovaya Gazeta and simultaneously started work for the Russian public television company ORT as chief of its bureau in Minsk.
On 22 July 1997, Sheremet, along with a team of ORT cameraman and their drivers, filmed himself crossing illegally from Belarus to Lithuania and back again to show the ease with which smugglers could cross the border. Sheremet and his colleague Dmitry Zavadsky were charged with illegal border crossing, "exceeding their professional rights as journalists", and participating in a conspiracy. On 18 January 1998, Sheremet was sentenced to two years' suspended term and one trial year. Pavel Sheremet spent three months in prison during the investigation. Further, Sheremet's partner and former co-defendant Dmitry Zavadsky was abducted on July 7, 2000, failing to arrive for a meeting at the Minsk airport with Sheremet.
In 2010, Pavel Sheremet was deprived of Belarusian citizenship, having obtained the Russian one.
For the last ten years, Pavel Sheremet contributed to several Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian mass media, including ORT, Ren-TV, Ogonek, Ukrainska Pravda, Vesti; from time to time he worked as an expert for TV Dozhd, newspaper Vedomosti and news website Slon, etc.
Pavel Sheremet was founder of the website Belaruspartisan and a co-founder of the popular science website Istoricheskaya Pravda.
For the last five years, Pavel Sheremet lived in Kyiv. Friends report he is to be buried in Minsk.
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