Kiev should conduct a thorough investigation into the death of the head of the organization “Belarusian House in Ukraine” Vitaly Shishov, whose body was found in one of the parks of the Ukrainian capital. The official representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Marta Hurtado, announced this at a briefing on Tuesday, August 3.
“We call on the Ukrainian authorities <...> to conduct a thorough, impartial and effective investigation into what happened and find out whether it was a suicide, an ordinary criminal homicide or whether there is a connection to his activities,” Hurtado was quoted as saying.
She also expressed hope that Shishov’s death was not related to his activities, but called the young man “a dissident who lived in Ukraine.”
Also, the representative of the OHCHR noted the deterioration of the situation in Belarus, which is manifested, in her words, by “intimidation of any dissent.
Belarusian citizen Vitaly Shishov disappeared in Kyiv in the morning of August 2. He went out for a jog and did not return. The man’s body was found in one of Kiev’s parks – he was found hanging from a tree.
A criminal case was initiated under article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (“Premeditated murder”). The police will check all versions, including the version of a murder disguised as a suicide.
The organization that Shishov headed does not believe in the suicide version, as he had been under surveillance before his death.
Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya expressed her condolences on Shishov’s death.
“The Belarusian Home in Ukraine” positions itself as an organization created to help citizens of the republic and all “victims of the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus.” They help immigrants from the republic in renting housing, as well as provide employment assistance.