Illegally convicted in Russia political prisoners Yevhen Panov and Oleksy Syzonovych might be transferred to Ukraine for the further serving of sentence, as Hromadske reported citing Justice Ministry of Ukraine.
Serhiy Lytvynov was transferred to Ukraine on the same scheme.
Thus, the Justice Ministry of Ukraine appealed to the Justice Ministry of Russia with the appeal to report about the final decision of the Russian side toward the transfer of Syzonovych and Panov to Ukraine. There is no response from the Russian side as of August 27, 2019.
In accordance with the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine and Convention on Transfer of Convicted of 1983, the convicted person may be transferred to the state of his citizenship in the case if the state of conviction (the Russian Federation) and state of execution of a sentence (Ukraine) agree on such transfer.
After an agreement of the Russian side for the transfer of Syzonovych and Panov to Ukraine, the Justice Minister will order the relevant authorities of Ukraine to agree with the law enforcement bodies of Russia the place, date, and order of the transfer and admit mentioned people to the facilities of the penal correction system in Ukraine.
In August 2016, Russian FSB 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.