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 Journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in Kyiv one year ago. PHOTOS

One year ago, on July 20, 2016, renowned journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in Kyiv in a car blast. Today, Ukrainians gather at the site of Sheremet's death to commemorate him.

Censor.NET reports.

Friends, relatives, and Kyiv residents came this morning to the site of Sheremet's murder to commemorate him.

People are lighting candles and bringing flowers at the corner of Khmelnytskoho and Franka Streets.

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Photos by Oleh Bohachuk for Censor.NET

One year after the murder, the names of killers and organizers have not yet been released. Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko said in late June that the case was seeing next to no progress, although President Petro Poroshenko promised to personally assist the investigation and invite foreign experts to help.

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Committee on protection of journalists in a report published July 12 said the investigation of Sheremet's murder gave no results, and recommended Ukraine to involve all resources to find the organizers of this crime.

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Read more: Most of evidence proves Russia's involvement to be key version of Sheremet's murder, deputy interior minister says

Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in downtown Kyiv on Wednesday morning, July 20. According to witnesses, the explosion occurred when Sheremet stopped at an exit to a main road.

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Then-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 planned to establish an inter-agency working group to investigate the death of Sheremet. Investigators followed up six versions in Sheremet's killing.

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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.

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Read more: Police question former SBU officer Ustymenko mentioned in investigative report into Sheremet's murder

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President Poroshenko met with the heads of Ukraine's law enforcement agencies, after which a special investigative group was set up under the leadership of Dekanoidze. Ukraine has invited FBI and Europol experts to help in the probe. The Security Service considered the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine as a motive for Sheremet's murder. Meanwhile, Poroshenko asked for a transparent and prompt investigation: "Do not exclude any version. We'll not let anyone open a second front inside the country."

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Read more: ''I am not satisfied that we did not find Sheremet's killer,'' - Poroshenko

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


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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.

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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.

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For five years prior to the murder, Sheremet had lived in Kyiv, worked for Ukrainska Pravda and been a host at Vesti radio.
 
 
 
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