Pavel Sharamet’s murder suspect released to house arrest


A Kyiv court has changed the measure of restraint for Andriy Antonenko, the suspect in the murder of journalist Pavel Sharamet, “LIGA.Novosti” reports.

Andriy Antonenko was released to 24/7 house arrest. He will have to wear an electronic bracelet. The defense pleaded for his release on personal recognizance or bail. The prosecutor did not object to the change in restraint.

“This is a small victory in the battle, but not yet a victory in the big war that is yet to come. I thank my lawyers, my wife, my friends. Everyone who supported me, because the truth is worth fighting, fighting, fighting for,” Antonenko said.

On July 20, 2016, a car Pavel Sharamet was traveling in exploded in Kyiv. In December 2019, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry named the suspects: they are a musician and serviceman Andriy Antonenko, military nurse Yana Dugar, and doctor and volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko. Lawyers have repeatedly claimed falsification of evidence against the suspects.

In January 2021, the Belarusian People’s Tribunal published an audio recording of a meeting that took place on April 11, 2012, probably in the office of the KGB chairman. During the conversation, a man with a voice similar to that of the then KGB head Vadzim Zaitsau discusses operations against opponents of Alyaksandr Lukashenka‘s regime abroad with representatives of the “Alfa” special forces.

The recording included the task of blowing up Pavel Sharamet.