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Released political prisoner Panov: I only demanded to extradite me to Ukraine

The political prisoner tried to ground his actions referring to the international conventions
13:18, 12 September 2019

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Released from Russian captivity political prisoner Artur Panov stated that he announced the hunger strike for four times, as Hromadske reported.

“I had the only demand – to be extradited to Ukraine. If you want to involve me in the trial then do it objectively. Until I stay in the territory of Russia, any objectivity can be discussed. Because you are the interested side,” Panov said.

Panov explained that he tried to ground his actions referring to the international conventions.

“Particularly, it is the Geneva Convention about political prisoners. Possibly, it was inappropriate but I based on the fact that the Ukrainian state suffers from the Russian aggression and it is confirmed by the European Parliament, U.S. State Department and Ukraine,” the released political prisoner added.

Related: All Ukrainian prisoners, released from Russia, get necessary medical aid, - Ombudsman

The only argument of the judge was that he is tried “not on the tribunal but North Caucasus District Military Court judges according to the Russian legislation”.

19-year-old Artur Panov moved to Rostov-on-Don from Ukraine in November 2015, and was detained in December 2015 under the suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack.

In August 2017, Panov was sentenced for 8 years in jail.

Related: Ukraine's released sailors, political prisoners to receive ID cards, - Ombudsman

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

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