Yevgen Panov, the Ukrainian political prisoner convicted in Crimea to eight years behind bars “for preparation of subversions on the peninsula”, will be transferred to one of the prisons in Russian Omsk, as his mother Vira Kotelyanets said, KrymRealii reported.
“After he was out of Crimea, which is more than a month ago, we do not have any connection with him, we do not know where exactly he is. A few weeks ago we found out that Zhenya would probably be transferred to one of Omsk prisons. We know for sure that he passed Orenburg, Chelyabinsk and Tyumen. I contacted the Russian human rights defenders and the Ukrainian Consul in Novosibirsk, they promised that they would track his location and arrival in the prison. There are several prisons in Omsk, I can’t say where he would be placed,” Panov’s mother said.
Earlier, his brother Igor Kotelyanets said Panov’s end point would be a prison in Russian Omsk.
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.