Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova appealed to Russian ombudswoman Tatiana Moskalkova with a request to promote the provision of the medical aid to Ukrainian political prisoner Yevhen Panov as Denisova reported on Facebook.
Denisova noted that a brother of the political prisoner appealed to her. He reported that the lawyer, who visited Panov on June 20, was shocked by the state of the health of his client.
“Yevhen complains about deteriorating eyesight, constant headache, problems with teeth. The medical aid is not provided in time. Yevhen is eating with intervals of 15 hours. The long stay hungry create additional risks for health,” Denisova wrote.
She noted that Panov turned out to be in the information isolation; he is forbidden to get recurrent publications.
“I urgently appealed to Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova to provide the respect for the rights of Ukrainian citizen Yevhen Panov and support in the provision of proper medical assistance of ophthalmologist, eye doctor, neurologist and dentist,” the ombudsman wrote.
In August 2016, The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation claimed to have detained Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea. Russia says that Ukrainian diversionary group planned terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea, and Yevhen Panov, born in 1977, residing in Zaporizhia region, the officer of the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, was allegedly the leader of the group.
Later, Russian authorities released a video with Panov’s confession; however, Ukrainian human rights defenders stated that the video showed the signs of testifying under duress.