Murder in the center of Kiev
On Wednesday morning, Pavel Sheremet was going to work on the “Radio News”, where he five times a week from 8:00 led three-hour morning show. Around 7:45 Subaru XV, which was ruled by Sheremet exploded in the center of Kiev — at the intersection of Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Ivan Franko. In addition to radio stations Sheremet has collaborated with the Internet edition “Ukrainian truth”, in which he published his blogs.
The car belonged to a civilian wife Sheremet, editor and the founder the Internet-editions “the Ukrainian truth” Alyona Pritula. It wasn’t in that car. Sheremet when the explosion tore off his leg, but immediately after the explosion he was still alive, writes “Obozrevatel” with reference to video taken by eyewitnesses. The journalist died on the spot.
Chief editor of “Ukrainian truth” Sevgil Musaeva-Borovik, the TV channel “112” said that Sheremet every morning at the same time this car went to work at the radio station.
According to preliminary data, in the car detonated an improvised explosive device with capacity of from 400 to 600 grams of TNT, which may have remotely activated, said Advisor to the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Zorian Shkiryak. Militiamen do not exclude that by means of an explosive device actually wanted to kill his common law wife Alena Pritula, said the press Secretary of Prosecutor’s office of Kiev Hope the maximes.
Back in the 1990s
“A terrible tragedy in Kiev. Shock — in other words not” — responded to the murder of the journalist, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. He has instructed law enforcement agencies to immediately investigate this crime.”
Poroshenko has instructed the foreign Ministry to contact countries of the EU and to invite European experts to participate in the investigation. Kiev requested assistance in the investigation from the American FBI.
Sheremet is a citizen of the Russian Federation, its murder — “a cause for very serious concern in the Kremlin,” said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. Moscow, he said, hopes to “impartial and prompt investigation”. Unlike many other Russian journalists, who moved to work in Ukraine, Sheremeta Ukrainian citizenship is not received.
To bring to justice the organizers and perpetrators of the murder demanded the OSCE representative on freedom of the media Dunja Mijatovic. The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, in a special statement said that “shocked” to hear about the passing Sheremet. “We respect him as a fearless professional and a supporter of freedom of speech, of the revolution of dignity, who wanted a better future for Ukraine,” — said in a statement.
Opposition politicians were unanimous in their assessment: in their opinion, the crime speaks to the extreme weakness of law enforcement system and return the country to the realities of the 1990-ies.
The verdict of the country whose people want the rule of law and prosperity, and on the streets reign the methods of the 1990s, called the incident the leader of the opposition “Fatherland” Yulia Tymoshenko.
“Criminals raised his head, and is engaged in the distribution of spheres of influence, as it was in 1990-e years of the last century” — in solidarity with Tymoshenko, the Deputy of “Opposition bloc” Oleksandr Puzanov. He recalled that, according to the statistics of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, over the last two years the real increase in crime of 20% and the number continues to grow. Last year in Kiev was killed by the journalist and writer Oles Elder, known for his Pro-Russian stance.
A “verdict” of the Ukrainian authorities, “indulging manifestations of different kinds of radicalism,” called the crime and the leader of the opposition public movement “the Ukrainian choice”, the representative of Kiev on the exchange of prisoners in the humanitarian sub-group on Donbass Viktor Medvedchuk.
The interior Ministry of Ukraine is considering three versions of the murder Sheremet and professional activities, personal hostility and “Russian trace,” said Shkiryak. To exclude the version of participation in this crime the Russian special services we can not” — said the adviser to the interior Minister of Ukraine.
“This was done with a common goal — to destabilize the situation in the country, perhaps on the eve of other events”, — said Poroshenko. He demanded to establish a task force under the leadership of the head of national police Khatia Dekanoidze. The head of the national police called “a matter of honor” to find the killers Sheremet.
Flowers and candles at the place of death of the journalist Pavel Sheremet
Interviewed acquaintances and friends Sheremeta claimed that he did not complain to them about the threat. Look in the public sphere activities Sheremet the cause of the murder is useless, nothing in its programmes, this was not, says the Director Leonid Kanfer.
Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Aryev called on the police to investigate a version of the possible involvement of Belarusian secret services to murder of the journalist. Familiar with Sheremet at work in Belarus, Alexander Fyaduta said that Sheremet was “constant conflict with the Belarusian authorities, but, according to the journalist of “Narodnaya Volya”, no “excuse and a reason to be physically eliminated”.
Sevgil Musaeva-Borovik in “Radio News” was linked to the murder of Sheremet with his professional activities. She noted that in the last time “was attacked” by “Ukrainian truth”, and in 2015 Pavel Sheremet and Alena Pritula complained of surveillance. “Novaya Gazeta” with reference to close friends of the deceased journalist writes that Sheremet and Prytula complained about surveillance of them in recent times.
Colleague Sheremeta said on Wednesday that he did not know about the threats against Sheremet or Olena Prytula, however, does not rule out that journalists could conceal information about incoming threats from colleagues.
The last material Sheremet, “the Ukrainian truth” was published on 17 July, it was about people from the volunteer battalion “Azov” and other “men in camouflage”, which prevented courts of the two leaders of the Odessa port plant. They are “escape from the judgment” because “the deputies-commanders and even some men in camouflage uniforms on Friday and Saturday blocked the work of the court and created an atmosphere of madness surrounding these two cases,” Sheremet explained. Such actions cause “more hatred of people in camouflage and stimulate anger to all volunteers from the President [Petro] Poroshenko and heads of power structures”, he said.
In the media environment are discussing the possibility of involvement in the murder Sheremeta mentioned the “men in camouflage”, said a person familiar with colleagues Sheremet. Editor-in-chief of “the Ukrainian truth” was pointing to an information attack on the publication. The pressure for publication, and has been associated with numerous publications about the millionaire Igor Kolomoisky, said the source . According to him, this version is also discussed in the paper Sheremet.
“Sheremet was engaged in criminal investigations and paid attention to the many abominations of post-revolutionary life of Ukraine, in this sense, he was absolutely uncompromising, he could catch someone in the criminal world, and the reasons for the murder, was it not,” suggests Ukrainian political analyst Vadim Karasev.
Murder in the center of Kiev to provoke the growth of criticism of the interior Ministry, but will not lead to a change in the approach to the reform, says Karasev.
“Basically, criticism from society is now focused on the reform of the police — I believe that it is a failure, the investigators fired, investigators fired, etc., and hence the explosion of crime. I remember everything, including the kidnapping of high officials in broad daylight (Jul 19, local media reported that in Kiev was kidnapped the head of the Department of power supply of PJSC “Ukrainian Railways” Valery Lyudmirsky. —). First accused, Khatia Dekanoidze and indirectly Arsen Avakov,” — said Karasev.
However, according to experts, significant effects should not be expected, criticism of the failed police reform is a long time. The West will turn a blind eye to the murder, said Karasev — only on Tuesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he was pleased with the reforms.
The President’s team and the team of the Minister Avakov has long exchanged mutual injections, but the murder Sheremet will not lead to resignations in the Department, especially after all the leaders called it a “matter of honor”, said the Ukrainian political analyst Konstantin Bondarenko. Anti-Russian rhetoric is also unlikely to increase, while statements about the “hand of Moscow” was marked only Shkiryak and his colleague Anton Gerashchenko, but they all can see the “Russian trace”, said Bondarenko.
Critics of Ukraine received an additional argument in favor of the fact that in the country there is no stability, and law enforcement are unable to cope with a series of attacks on symbolic representatives of the media, says Russian analyst Alexei Makarkin. He recalls that the official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova has said that “the Ukrainian system becomes a mass grave of journalists.”