News from Ukraine: Who Was Sheremet: Kremlin critic's friend and Belarusian President's personal enemy

12:34 Jul. 20, 2016

Who Was Sheremet: Kremlin critic's friend and Belarusian President's personal enemy

In this Oct. 18, 2004, file photo, journalist Pavel Sheremet speaks at a hospital in Minsk, Belarus, after he was found badly beaten (AP Photo)

Famous journalist killed in car explosion in Kyiv on July 20

Pavlo Sheremet was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1971.

Since 1996 he worked as a correspondent for the Russian TV channel ORT (now First Channel) in Belarus.

In Belarus Sheremet he had a reputation of a 'personal enemy' of President Lukashenko, which landed him once in prison.

In July 1997, while making a report on the situation at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border, he was arrested on charges of 'illegally crossing the border, obtaining money from foreign intelligence agencies and conducting illegal journalistic activity.' 

He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment and one year probation. However, he spent three months in jail. In general, Sheremet was arrested three times in Belarus.

Since 1998 he worked for the Moscow's TV Channel ORT (now First Channel), was the author of documentaries. Although the journalist worked in Russia for a long time and had the Russian citizenship, the Belarusian secret services got him in 2010 and stripped him of his Belarusian citizenship.

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Sheremet supported the 2013-2014 pro-Euromaidan protests in Kyiv, publicly condemned the Russian aggression against Ukraine and debunked myths about Ukraine made by Russian propaganda. In April 2014, he took part in the congress 'Ukraine - Russia: Dialogue'.

He maintained friendly relations with Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down on February 27 in 2015, in Moscow's centre, near the Kremlin walls, as he walked home with his girlfriend from a restaurant. Nemtsov had been preparing a report to expose Russia's military invasion of eastern Ukraine at the time of his murder. Five Chechen men are charged with his murder, although critics say the accused have been framed. 

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In 2015 Pavlo Sheremet led ceremonies during the funeral memorial service of murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. 

Pavlo Sheremet has lived in Kyiv for the past five years, working for Ukrainska Pravda and hosting a radio show on Radio Vesti.

He was killed early July 20, in a car explosion in the centre of Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv. Ukraine and global media community was shocked by his murder.

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Journalist Pavlo Sheremeta killed in car explosion in Kyiv on July 20 (UNIAN Photo)

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