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Journalist killed in bomb blast in Ukraine

A PROMINENT journalist specialising in relations between Russia and Ukraine has been murdered by a car bomb while on his way to work in Kiev. The International Federation of Journalists and European Federation of Journalists have joined affiliates in Ukraine and Russia, in condemning the killing.

Pavel Sheremet, who worked for the Ukrainskaya Pravda online newspaper, died when the car he was driving exploded shortly after it started, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office.

Colleagues tell the Freelance that the killing "was very brazen, right in the middle of Kiev."

Ukrainskaya Pravda was also the workplace of Gyorgy Gongadze, 31-year-old journalist Georgy Gongadze, who disappeared on 16 September 2000, when he was 31. He was later found headless in a ditch in a suburb of Kiev. He had been investigating corruption at the heart of Ukraine's government. After an intensive campaign to seek justice, a former Ukrainian Interior Ministry surveillance chief was convicted by a Kiev court of Gongadze's killing in January 2013 - though those who ordered it never came to trial.

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