Five Suspects Named in 2016 Assassination of Journalist
Pavel Sherement, an investigative journalist originally from Belarus, was killed by a car bomb in July 2016
Kyiv — Five suspects were named in the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet. A nurse from a combat battalion, a doctor, a musician, and two volunteers were identified during a press briefing by authorities. The suspect’s houses are currently undergoing searches.
“This is the result of very complicated and persistent work of real professionals and an important step towards full case solving! Thank you for your service,” Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov posted on Facebook.
The motive for the murder was to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. This is according to the head of the Ukrainian criminal police, Yevhen Koval.
“Processing video from surveillance cameras was the most useful investigation method. Due to the criminal intelligence and surveillance operations conducted, it was possible to identify the suspects involved in the killing of Pavel Sheremet. The male accomplice in planting the bomb under Pavel Sheremet’s car is Antonenko. The female who was planting the bomb is Yulia Kuzmenko,” Koval said. He announced this information at the emergency briefing.
Pavel Sheremet was an investigative journalist, originally from Belarus. He was killed by a car bomb in Kyiv, on July 20th, 2016. The car which he was driving was blown up by an improvised explosive device.
President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke at a press conference about the matter. “For our team, this was one of the special high priority criminal cases that we wanted to solve as soon as possible. The possible murderers were arrested today, but the question is: who ordered the assassination? I am sure that the answer to this question will be found,” Zelensky said.
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.
Sherement served as anchor of the weekly analytical program Vremya. He often appeared in the media as a representative of Belarusian President Aleksandr 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 and worked for the Ukrayinska Pravda and Radio Vesti.
The journalist was buried in Minsk.