Ukrainian police have launched a probe following the dying of Vitaly Pisants, an investigating decide within the as-yet-unsolved case of Pavel Sheremet, a Russian journalist murdered within the heart of Kiev by a automotive bomb in 2016.
According to Ukrainian outlet Novaya Vremya, Pisants’ dying got here as he was contemplating motions to increase the detention of three folks regarded as behind Sheremet’s homicide.
Sheremet, who was greatest identified for his writings about Belarus, died within the Kiev explosion, which the Ukrainian Prosecutor’s Office says was brought on by a bomb. In December 2019, three had been arrested on suspicion of murdering Sheremet. According to the authorities, the killing was ordered and arranged by Andrey Antonenko, a well known navy veteran and musician. Two different defendants, Yana Dugar and Yulia Kuzmenko, had been detained as accomplices. They had been all put underneath home arrest awaiting trial.
Now, with Pisants lifeless, the police are contemplating whether or not he could have been murdered to cease him from holding the three in jail.
According to reviews, the decide died on September 11 within the village of Pogreby, the place he was visiting the home of Pyotr Onopenko, the brother of the previous head of the Supreme Court. Some Ukrainian media sources have claimed that he died in a drunken battle between his associates: a police officer and a lawyer.
The case of Sheremet’s homicide continues to be unsolved, 5 years after it occurred. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, counterintelligence officers from the nation’s Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) might have been concerned.
“There is a possibility that certain individuals who were connected to counterintelligence during [Petro Poroshenko’s] presidency may be involved [in the killing],” Zelensky mentioned.
“I do not interfere in the activities of law enforcement agencies and the court. But I know in detail what happened,” he mentioned.
Born in Soviet Belarus, Sheremet was a naturalized Russian and spent a lot of his profession engaged on TV. He additionally wrote for the Ukrainian on-line publication Ukrayinska Pravda. At the time of his homicide, Sheremet was a public critic of Poroshenko, in addition to Russian President Vladimir Putin and their Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.
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