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 “Russia wants to use this tragedy to achieve its goal,” Chubarov on Sheremet’s murder

Russia's reaction to the murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet is the height of cynicism.

As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, this was said by Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukrainian lawmaker Refat Chubarov.

"I was acquainted with him, though I do not belong to those who knew him very well. He was a wise, balanced and honest man. Having survived repression against him, he understood other people so well, he empathized with them, the Crimean Tatars. We talked with him about it several times over the last two years... Those striving to plunge us into panic, hysteria, they really choose the best among us. So, by coming here among others - there are many other people, very decent ones - I just want to show that we must now mobilize," he said.

According to Chubarov, Russia is just gloating the murder regardless of the fact that journalists and politicians are killed in the territory of its country.

"Such high-profile murders may sometimes be advantageous not to one side alone. In fact, others may benefit from it too. The Russians could not help but gloat the murder today. If you take a look at the official statement by spokesperson to the Russian Foreign Ministry Mrs Zakharova, you will find it to be the height of cynicism. She calls Ukraine "a gravedigger for the journalists" at a time when as much as 350 journalists have been killed over the years of independence of Russia since 1991, of which 205 were killed during Putin's tenure. Consequently, the country where politicians are murdered, where journalists are murdered, the country that has waged war against us, is striving to take advantage of this tragedy to achieve its goal," the politician said.

Read more: Four main leads followed in Sheremet's murder, - Tandit

As reported, prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in downtown Kyiv on Wednesday morning, July 20. The incident is preliminary qualified as murder. National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze said the investigation into the killing of Sheremet would be a matter of honor for her. Kyiv prosecutor Hovda took the probe under personal control. The Information Policy Ministry is set to establish an inter-agency working group to investigate the death of Sheremet.

According to witnesses, the explosion occurred when Sheremet stopped at an exit to a main road. They note high detonation velocity.

Prosecutor General Lutsenko commented on the tragedy: "The death of Sheremet was due to an explosive device. It's a murder." Later, the Interior Ministry added a homemade shell-less explosive device was used, its power equivalent to 600 grams of TNT.

The tragic death of the journalist provoked strong public outcry. The chief editor of Ukrainska Pravda Sevhil Musaieva-Borovyk said: "This is a blow to entire Ukrainian journalism." OSCE called for bringing organizers and perpetrators to justice. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linkevičius called for a thorough investigation. Ukrainian President Poroshenko expressed his sympathies to the family and friends of Sheremet. Verkhovna Rada Speaker Parubii called for an immediate investigation. Similarly, an urgent and effective probe was ordered by Prime Minister Hroisman. NSDC Secretary Turchynov also expressed his condolences. President Poroshenko said international experts from FBI will be involved in investigation of the killing.

Sheremet will be buried in Minsk.

Originally from Minsk, Sheremet was particularly critical of Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's crackdown on dissent.

In 1997, the journalist was arrested while reporting about smuggling across the Belarus-Lithuanian border and sentenced to two years in prison - a move widely viewed as politically motivated. Amnesty International declared him prisoner of conscience.

In 1999, Sheremet was presented with the Committee to Protect Journalists' International Press Freedom Award. In 2002, he was presented with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Prize for Journalism and Democracy.

Over the past five years, Sheremet has lived in Kyiv, worked for Ukrainska Pravda and was a host at Vesti radio.
 
 
 
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