The death of the journalist Pavel Sheremet was a real shock to those who knew him. What could be the cause of this unwarranted wickedness, discuss them. “MK” asked the people who worked with Sheremet what they think about his murder.
Natallia RADZINA, the journalist, the editor-in-chief of the Belarusian opposition website “Charter ‘ 97”:
Paul can rightly be called a Belarusian-Russian-Ukrainian journalist. In all three countries, it has achieved fame: started in Belarus, independent press, has become a personal enemy of Lukashenko (he loved to be called so, but it was the truth), went to prison as a correspondent for ORT, after his release, he moved to Russia and when they began to “tighten the screws” you went to work in Kiev. He was very clever and professional, so quickly achieved success there. Irritated many — that in Belarus, in Russia, in Ukraine, because it was harsh, did not hesitate in epithets, hang tags, tore off the covers. But was always interesting. With him was never boring. Who killed him — I don’t know. But customers can be from anywhere, including from Minsk.
Vadim KARASEV, Director of the Kiev Institute of global strategies:
— Sheremet was a famous journalist, but compared with their counterparts who moved to Ukraine from Russia, iconic enough to kill him for the sake of intimidation or destabilization of political situation in the country. Besides, if Oles Buzina, the situation had ideological overtones, Sheremet was extremely Pro-Ukrainian journalist, so it is unlikely that his murder may be part of the members of the volunteer battalions in the ATO zone. Most likely, he was killed either because of problems of “the Ukrainian truth”, the most influential Internet resource of the country, either due to its own journalistic investigations. But the idea that the crime could be involved in foreign intelligence agencies, are pure speculation. Let me remind you that with the case of Georgy Gongadze is also not clear, and it is also connected with the “Ukrainian truth”. A lot of men with sharpened teeth on it, so it’s possible that we are dealing with a clean criminal history.
Anatol LYABEDZKA, leader of the United civil party of Belarus:
— My friendship with Sheremet began in the early 1990-ies, and the last time we spoke was at the funeral of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. While he was leading at the memorial event, and now I realize that it was very symbolic. Sheremet never changed his principles, and it is always associated with serious threats to life. Even at the funeral of Boris Nemtsov he told me that although the Ukrainian authorities cannot provide security for journalists, it is still very interesting to work in this country.
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