Investigating Pavel Sheremet’s death | Part 1
According to the National Police, the investigation into the murder of Pavel Sheremet continues, the case will be brought to an end
KIEV – The Pavel Sheremet case is under close scrutiny and control of the entire Ukrainian society. This was announced on July 20 by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on his Facebook page, noting that his murder is a shame for Ukraine..
“Today is the fourth anniversary of the murder of Pavel Sheremet. In Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, he stood for the values of democracy, human rights and freedom. First of all – for the citizen’s right to free opinion and speech. And for the duty of the authorities to be honest, transparent and accountable to citizens “, – said the President of Ukraine.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that the “audacious murder” of Pavel Sheremet is a loss for the entire independent press and journalists.
“They could never take away his freedom, so the customers decided to take his life,” the Ukrainian leader emphasized..
He believes that “the duty of the state and law enforcement agencies is to do everything so that Ukrainians and the entire civilized world see the real murderers of Pavel Sheremet in court”.
“And then – the real organizers and customers of this crime. No matter how difficult it is to find the truth. No matter how much effort and time it takes. Pavel Sheremet – sorrow, memory, justice “, – said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Recall that on Wednesday morning, July 20, 2016, a well-known journalist Pavel Sheremet died as a result of a car explosion. The car exploded in the center of Kiev at the corner of Bohdan Khmelnitsky and Ivan Franko streets. The explosion occurred at 7:45 am local time. One of the first versions at the time of the investigation was that the car was blown up by an explosive device. This was reported to “Ukrainian Pravda” by sources in law enforcement agencies.
Ministry of Internal Affairs: the case will be brought to an end
Law enforcers continue to investigate the customers and organizers of the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Telegram, Ukrinform celebrates on July 20, 2020.
“As regards the customers and organizers of the crime, the investigation continues. The National Police have done a great job and the case of Pavel Sheremet will be completed, “the message says..
As Evropeyskaya Pravda notes, on December 12, 2019, law enforcement officers detained three murder suspects: a doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko, musician Andrei Antonenko, military nurse Yana Dugar.
All detainees deny their involvement in the crime. Antonenko’s defense claims that he is taller from the killer. Dugar’s lawyers insist that she has an alibi, confirmed by documents and witnesses, and the examination on which the suspicion is based is incomplete and biased. Kuzmenko also criticized the examination, notes “Evropeyskaya Pravda”.
Journalism is critical to democracy
On the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Pavel Sheremet, the United States Embassy in Ukraine celebrates the importance of the work of independent journalists for the success of democracy.
“We are joining Ukrainians who continue to demand a thorough, impartial and credible investigation that will provide justice for those who ordered and committed this murder,” the US Embassy in Ukraine said on July 19, 2020..
It highlights the role of Pavel Sheremet and other independent Ukrainian journalists who courageously report the truth and promote the “open exchange of information and ideas.”.
On the page of the US Embassy in Ukraine, on August 1, 2016, an entry was made that “the murder of Mr. Sheremet should not go unpunished in a free and democratic society.”.
Politics, trust, investigation
According to the political scientist Peter Oleshchuk, the case of the murder of Pavel Sheremet over the years of investigation has been “overgrown” with details that do not directly concern him.
“Various political forces are trying to use this case for their own purposes. As in any case involving murder, it has a criminal component, but it attracts to itself precisely for political reasons and is evaluated in political categories, “says Petr Oleshchuk to the correspondent of the Russian service of the Voice of America..
The political scientist notes that the suspects are now known, but it is necessary to answer whether they are related to the case or not..
“If they are not involved, and have been in custody for quite a long time, they need to be released,” says Pyotr Oleshchuk..
At the same time, he believes that whatever the decisions in this case at the level of law enforcement and judicial systems, in the eyes of society, they will not have full legitimacy..
“There will be many questions, someone may make these decisions with distrust, even when they say that it is fully disclosed, there will be no absolute trust in the decision,” emphasizes Petr Oleshchuk.
The life of the country in the conditions of Russian aggression, he believes, creates conditions for the radicalization of society.
“But this story needs a specific legal assessment and an answer that will completely destroy all speculation in this case, and create a specific legal position,” says Petr Oleshchuk.
About election promises
Ukrainian human rights activist, founder of the public organization “Institute Republic” Vladimir Chemeris notes that 73% of voters of President Volodymyr Zelensky expect him to establish peace in the country, justice in high-profile criminal cases, end ultra-right terror.
He believes that the Ukrainian authorities “slow down” the investigation of criminal cases in which representatives of ultra-right organizations are accused.
“There is a” slowdown “of affairs, even representatives of foreign states talk about the need to establish justice – the new government did not fulfill its promises and did not justify the hopes that the Ukrainian people had placed on it,” says Vladimir Chemeris to the Voice of America correspondent.
The human rights activist notes the lack of motivation on the part of prosecutors and authorities in the investigation of high-profile cases.
“The ultra-right were armed militarists that worked for the previous regime, but they turned out to be convenient to work for the current regime, stifle dissent, and ensure a dominant position for those in power. This is understandable – Poroshenko and Zelensky represent the interests of big capital. The murders of Pavel Sheremet and Oles Buzina should be investigated and completed, become a precedent for the murderers to be punished and the citizens to have hope for fair justice, ”stresses Vladimir Chemeris.
He recalls that Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to power on a wave of protest against the policies of the previous government..
“But the war continues, the expression of views is controlled in Ukraine, if someone has spoken incorrectly, he is guaranteed prison or violence,” says Volodymyr Chemeris.