Panov and Zahtey in Lefortovo
12:49, 14 October 2016

Panov and Zahtey in Lefortovo

“Crimean saboteurs” were taken to Moscow with bags on their heads

12:49, 14 October 2016

112 Agency

Ukrainian citizens Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zahtey, suspected in Russian of organizing terror attacks in occupied Crimea, were brought to Russia with bags on their heads. Zoya Svetova, member of public monitoring commission of Moscow, told that on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Related: Russian security forces do not allow lawyer to visit Panov

“We were in Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. We were twice told that they are not there. Yesterday the administration of the detention center said that these people were admitted. We met Yevhen Panov and Andriy Zahtey. They arrived in Moscow on the night of October 6,” – she said.

Svetova added that they were transferred from the Crimea to the continent by a helicopter, and then they were transported by car with the bags on their heads.

“I was astonished by the bloody wounds from the handcuffs on their wrists and scarfs on their faces. They do not talk of what had happened,” – Svetova tells.

According to her, neither their relatives, not their attorneys knew of where they were, and detained Ukrainians were being hided from the human rights defenders for a whole week.

Related: Panov's lawyer: There is no opportunity to contact with Ukrainian arrested in Crimea

As we reported earlier, Yevhen Panov was detained in the case of preparation of acts of sabotage in the Crimea on August 15. The total number of detainees reached nine in this case. Moscow blames Ukrainian intelligence in arranging the attacks.

The District Court of Simferopol has arrested the second suspect in the allegedly preparing "terrorist acts" in occupied Crimea Andriy Zahtey on August 13.

Previously, Ukrainian citizen Yevhen Panov was beaten with a metal pipe in the first few days after the arrest. Panov told the lawyer that he had been kidnapped on August 7 by the FSB operatives. It is not specified where exactly he was kidnapped, in Crimea or in the continental Ukraine. When abducted he was hit in the forehead, the cut marked on photos and videos confirms it. In addition to the physical torture, said Panov, psychological one was applied to him too.

Related: Ukraine in UN: Occupied Crimea militarization is dangerous for Europe

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