January 29, Ukrainian political prisoner Yevhen Panov was taken to Omsk after a four-months prisoner transport, as the Crimean Human Rights Group reported on Facebook referring to his mother Vira Kotelyanets.
Panov’s brother Igor Kotelyanets specified that the political prisoner was in remand prison. In two weeks it would be reported in which prison he was taken.
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.