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Journalist and outspoken critic of leaders in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bomb - photo by Sergei Chuzavkov / AP
Journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in Kiev, Ukraine today by a car bomb that exploded underneath his vehicle while he was driving to work to conduct his morning radio show.

Sheremet was a reporter for the internet news medium Ukraninian Pravda and had been an outspoken critic of the leaders of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia. Aide to the interior minister said that his professional work was likely a motive for the murder. 

The founder of Ukraninian Pravda, Georgiy Gongadz, was kidnapped and murdered 16 years ago.

Sheremet has been described by The New York Times as "known for his crusading reports about political abuses in Belarus" and "a thorn in the side of Lukashenko's autocratic government".

In his last blogpost, Sheremet had wrote that some militia commanders from the east Ukraine conflict had evaded judgement for past crimes.


Vocabulary
medium (plural: media) - ways of giving information to people (newspapers, television, websites, etc.)

outspoken - very direct and honest when sharing one's opinion
critic - someone who (formally) complains about something

motive - reason for doing something
founder - the person who started a business or organization
militia - an army of non-professional soldiers
evade - escape