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Artur Panov, the Ukrainian citizen, who is accused in Russia of terrorist attacks preparation, announced the beginning of the termless dry hunger-strike. He demands extradition to Ukraine within two week, Caucasian Knot reports.
‘Crime was committed partly on the territory of Ukraine. I strive for extradition to Ukraine and I want to be judged there. Yes, I can say that it is a deliberate suicide act,’ Panov claimed today, addressing to the panel of judges.
Also, Sergei Moskovkin, Panov’s advocate, gave a note written by Artur Panov to Caucasian Knots, where he comments the information about his death.
‘I am alive and I will live. I will live in order to come back to Ukraine to my family, my compatriots and to begin to really appreciate freedom and my life,’ Panov wrote.
Panov announced dry hunger strike for the first time on February 14, but according to his advocate, he stopped it on February, 18. On March 23 he announced the beginning of the hunger strike but due to the state of health he had to stop it.
19-years old Artur Panov, who moved to Rostov-na-Dony in 2015, is accused of a terrorist act preparation. According to law enforcement investigation, he was going to explode the self-made bomb in the shopping mall. 34-years old Maksim Smyshliaev, the citizen of Rostov, was accused as an accessory in crime, but Smyshliaev denies his guilt by association, while Panov admits his guilt partially. Human rights protection center Memorial recognied Smyshliaev as the political prisoner.
Artur Panov is also accused of posting of three articles justifying terrorism on the Red Army Faction page in Vkontakte social nerwork. According to the investigators, they were posted from the place of residence of Panov in Krasnodon, Luhansk Region, Ukraine.