Journalist Pavel Sheremet, killed by a car bomb in Ukraine, is buried in his native Belarus.
NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION An award-winning journalist killed by a car bomb in central Kiev early on Wednesday (July 20) morning was laid to rest in his native Belarus on Saturday (July 23). Crowds queued to lay flowers on Pavel Sheremet's grave and at a church in the Belarussian capital, Minsk. Sheremet's killing was called an attempt to destabilise Ukraine by the country's President Petro Poroshenko. In Minsk, some mourners said it was an attack on free speech. Sheremet was known for his criticism of Belarus' leadership, his friendship with slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and his work for Ukrainian investigative website Ukrayinska Pravda. He was driving to work in the car of the website's owner when it was blown up. The killing was a throwback to the days of violence against journalists that Ukraine, under a pro-Western leadership since the 2014 Maidan protests, hoped to have shed. Poroshenko has asked experts from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday (July 20) to join the murder investigation in the interests of "maximum transparency."