The death of the journalist Pavel Sheremet in 2016 should be investigated as a terrorist act. This is stated in the statement of the editor-founder of «the Ukrainian truth» Alyona Pritula to Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko.
In a statement about the criminal offence, it is noted that killer Sheremet wanted to get a psychological effect from the perfect in crowded place of the terrorist act and cause panic and uncertainty in their own security.
«The obvious goal of terrorists is the intimidation of journalists, because Paul was well-known in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia as a journalist. His criticism of the government in Belarus became the reason for the deprivation of citizenship of Belarus. In Ukraine, Sheremet did action reports…» – said in a statement.
Pritula said that Sheremet «consistently denounced corruption schemes of power structures and oligarchs in Ukraine.»
She noted that pre-trial investigation on the fact of premeditated murder Sheremet during the 12 months of the investigation gave no result, and the perpetrators and masterminds of the crime is not established.
The editor of the publication asked the public Prosecutor urgently to begin the investigation into the criminal offense under part 3 of article 258 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (terrorist act that led to the death of a person).
Prytula also asked to recognize her victim in criminal proceedings.
Sheremet died July 20, 2016 in Kiev as a result of explosion of the car, which belonged to the co-founder of «Ukrainian truth» and his civil wife Alena Pritula.
The consequence considers five versions of motives of murder: professional work, murder by mistake (instead Prytula), critical publications in the edition «Ukrainian truth» and appearances on «Radio Vesti», the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine, as well as conflict relating to privacy Sheremet.
In June 2017 the Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on freedom of speech and information policy Victoria syumar reported that in the pre-trial investigation in the case of Sheremet interviewed more than 3,000 people, including eyewitnesses of the explosion, and also seized video from surveillance cameras.
In September 2017 it became known that the national police has classified all decisions of the courts for the murder Sheremet. In February 2018 Natspolitsiya refused to provide data on the composition of the investigation team investigating the murder of a journalist, as well as on the number of volumes of the case.
Pritula has asked the Prosecutor General to investigate the murder Sheremet. 27.02.2018