Prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet’s alleged killers detained in Ukraine

Irina and Vladislav Grishchenko

Former volunteer fighters Vladislav and Irina Grishchenko, who were involved in murder planning, have been detained in Ukraine. Their case has been handed over to the investigator who is probing into the murder of Pavel Sheremet, reports.

Vladislav Grishchenko (call sign Bucha) and his wife Irina (call sign Puma) are suspected of attempted murder and illegal handling of weapons. According to investigators, the couple made explosives and attached it to a car in the town of Kosov (Ivano-Frankivsk region) in 2018. The device did not work; the might-have-been victim noticed the explosives and informed the police.

The case was sent to Kyiv, where the investigator digging into the murder of Pavel Sheremet took charge of it. It is known that the explosives under the car of journalist were olaced by two persons – a bearded man about 168-175 cm in height and a woman who is 5 cm lower than her fellow. The spouses’ appearance does go with the description.

Pavel Sheremet, who for the last five years had lived and worked in Ukraine, died on the morning of 20 July, 2016 in car explosion. The car he was driving belonged to Alena Prytula — the owner of Ukrainska Pravda. According to law enforcers, the explosive had the power of 400-600 grams of TNT. The National Police of Ukraine opened a criminal case under article ‘deliberate murder’.

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