Death call: what transpired in the course of a murder investigation Sheremet


On Friday in Kiev will host a farewell to the dead on Wednesday in the Ukrainian capital, Russian journalist Pavel Sheremet. The last five years he has worked mainly in the Ukraine. The funeral will be held Saturday in his native Minsk.

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The investigation is considering six versions of the murder, said on Thursday Advisor to the head of the security Service of Ukraine Yuriy Tandit. “[Their versions of] six. But I can name only four,” said tandit on air of TV channel “112 Ukraine”. According to him, among them professional activity Sheremet, aversions or personal motives, the Russian track and the assassination of the head of “the Ukrainian truth” Alyona Pritula. The car, at the wheel which was Sheremet, was blown up Wednesday morning in the center of Kiev. He belonged to the civil wife of the journalist, one of the founders and leaders of the influential “Ukrainian truth” Alyona Pritula.

On Wednesday the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Zorian Shkiryak reported that the explosive device was planted under the driver’s seat. An explosive device was detonated remotely using a mobile phone, said Thursday the newspaper “Strenia” with reference to the explosives of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine.

Investigators have records from surveillance cameras from the place of residence of the journalist, the route of movement, analyzed the phone calls, interviewed relatives and colleagues of the journalist said on Thursday the Minister of internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko. According to him, law enforcement can request from Google and Facebook access to the correspondence of the victim.

Wednesday were interviewed, most of the employees of “the Ukrainian truth”, the remaining will be questioned later, told the publication. Earlier another source said that in journalistic circles actively discussed the possibility of murder in connection with the work of “the Ukrainian truth”, known for his critical publications.

The investigation has joined the American Federal Bureau of investigation, said on air of “Radio Liberty” Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada and a former journalist Mustafa Nayem up.

The conditions for investigation

President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday called for an investigation at the highest level. The head of the national police Khatia Dekanoidze, he requested to lead the task force. The best specialists for the investigation shall provide the attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko and head of the security Service of Ukraine Vasyl Hrytsak.

Wednesday and Thursday Ukrainian politicians, colleagues Sheremet and Ukraine’s international partners demanded an independent investigation. The same demand was repeated by the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova. “We must do everything to investigate this terrible event <…> was the most objectively, as impartial <…>, the most detached from politics, in order to make it really clear who’s behind this,” she said at a press briefing on Thursday (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).

With a call to conduct impartial investigations of international partners has repeatedly appealed to the Ukrainian authorities: after the events of the Euromaidan in Odessa, killings in 2015 year of the directions. But these three high profile case not yet investigated, and the course of the investigations, repeatedly criticised, including by Council of Europe experts. The Kiev authorities did not ensure an effective investigation into the mass riots and fire in Odesa, according to the conclusion of experts of the Council of Europe, published in November last year. The problem is the political situation and the lack of independent investigators, they explained. Investigation of Kiev on the occurred events on the Maidan is not compatible with the European Convention on human rights. In addition, the Council of Europe believe that an effective investigation into the Maidan, Kiev created interference in the internal Affairs of Ukraine, reports “RIA Novosti” with reference to the report.

According to the Ukrainian political analyst Vladimir Fesenko, a political context supports rather than impedes effective and prompt investigation, as Sheremet was positive reputation.

Odessa case is being investigated in a very complex conflict context, to prosecute necessary on both sides, it is difficult to explain Fesenko. The investigation on the Euromaidan complicated by the fact that key players are abroad, in the case of the Elder now has doubts about the suspects, he said.

The elder was shot dead in April last year. In June the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov announced the arrest of two suspects in the case — Andrei Medvedko and Denis Polishchuk. Both suspects for a long time were detained, but later the measure of restraint was changed to house arrest. The court has not begun.

No preconditions to ensure that the investigation will be conducted at the appropriate level and will soon be discovered perpetrators and masterminds of the murder, no, pessimistic Ukrainian expert in international and legal Affairs Andrew Buzarov. This is not the first high-profile murder, there were others, but none of them have been solved, and if it was brought to the court had serious doubts that the defendants were the guilty, he says. Buzarov recalls that the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze, the incident 16 years ago was never solved finally, customers are not named until now.