On this day, five years ago, journalist Pavel Sheremet died in a car explosion in Kiev.
Pavel Sheremet, Belarusian-born journalist and staunch critic of Alexander Lukashenko, who had moved to Ukraine where he worked with a number of national media, was killed in downtown Kiev on the morning of July 20, 2016, after the explosion of an improvised explosive device. the car he was driving.
Pavel Sheremet was born in Minsk in 1971. During his career as a journalist, he worked as a host on the weekly analytical program Prospect broadcast on Belarusian television, editor-in-chief of the Belarusian business newspaper, head of the Belarusian Bureau of Russian Public Television (ORT, later Channel One) and their own correspondent in Belarus, special correspondent for the Novosti and Vremya programs of the Directorate of News Programs of the ORT, and editor-in-chief of the network of Russian correspondents and foreigners from the same direction. In addition, he hosted the Vremya, a weekly analytical television show.
Sheremet has often appeared in the media as an opposition figure denouncing the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus. In 2005, the journalist was at the roots of Belarusian Partisan, a news and analysis site. In the second half of the 2000s, Sheremet was also mentioned in the media as the head of the Partizan publishing house, which, in addition to his own books, published a book by Boris Nemtsov of the Russian opposition.
In 2010, Pavel Sheremet was stripped of his Belarusian nationality. The official pretext noted in the documents was that the journalist had obtained Russian nationality, although, as the media point out, Belarusian law does not prohibit the second nationality. He lived in Ukraine since 2012. For years he worked for Ukrayinska Pravda, as well as for Radio Vesti – as a host.
The murdered journalist was buried in Minsk.
In June 2017, Pavel Sheremet’s name was engraved on the Journalists Memorial of the Washington-based Newseum, along with the names of other journalists around the world who have been killed for their journalistic work or in the line of duty.
On December 12, 2019, then Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced that the police had arrested and lodged a complaint against war doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko, parachute battalion nurse Yana Dugar and the veteran and musician Andriy Antonenko.
In September 2020, the police transmitted the indictments to the court.
On January 4, audio recordings were leaked showing alleged communications from Belarusian KGB security officials allegedly discussing the physical elimination of political opponents of Alexander Lukashenko, including Pavel Sheremet. Former Belarusian security officer Igor Makar, who turned over the tapes to Ukrainian police, testified in the case of Sheremet’s murder in Kiev on January 19.
Yana Duhar was released from detention in May 2020. Later, on August 11, 2020, Yulia Kuzmenko was also released from a pre-trial detention center and placed under 24-hour house arrest. Andriy Antonenko was released from pre-trial detention for a 24-hour house arrest until April 30, 2021.
On June 29, 2021, the Kiev Shevchenkivskyi District Court extended the house arrest for Yulia Kuzmenko and Yana Duhar for two months.
The next hearing in this case is set for July 27, 2021.