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Mother of Political Prisoner Ukrainian Evgeniy Panov Refused to Meet the Son

Today, 10 February 2017, Mrs Vera Kotelianets (Panov’s mother) received a next negative response from the FSB of Russia on her request to communicate with the son. This information was published by his brother Ihor Kotelianets on his Facebook page.

According to Ihor Kotelianets, this refusal is just one of many. For the whole period of Mr Panov’s detention in Lefortovo Detention Center, the relatives of Ukrainian had no opportunity to see him.

Though Russian Federal Law no 103-FZ of 15 July 1995 ‘On detaining in custody the suspected and the accused in criminal acts’ stipulates two visits of relatives per month for the suspected, Mr K.V.Selivanov, Senior UFSB Investigator for Crimea and Sevastopol, refused, explaining that at the moment he had no grounds to allow Mr Panov to be visited by his relatives.

‘This is the answer of FSB to our million’s request. Grounds. For the visit. Could you understand? They must be issued in this state by some dedicated Service for Issuing Grounds for Visits…,” was written by Mr Kotelianets, indignant at a new refusal.

Additionally he informed the Crimean Human Rights Group that Panov’s relatives, apart from the visit refusal, had not been allowed even to speak with Mr Panov on phone. And not all letters sent to the Ukrainian to the Detention Center reach him. It looks that Yevgeniy receives every third letter from the mother, but he has been given only three wife’s letters, while his own (brother’s) letters are not handed to Panov at all.

There is also a problem of delivering the parcels to the Detention Center. The latest ones, namely footwear and 20kg of foodstuffs sent by the relatives, have never reached Mr Panov.

Yevgeniy’s chronic diseases have exacerbated in the Detention Center, he feels strong pains in knees, and he needs medicines.

Last October the Crimean Human Rights Group reported that Mr Yevgeniy Panov had not received most of parcels and letters from the relatives in the Lefortovo Detention Center.

To remind, Mr Yebgeniy Panov is currently in the Lefortovo Detention Center where he was transferred from Simferopol in early October. In Moscow the Ukrainian is defended by Mr Dmitriy Dinze, the Russian defence lawyer who defended previously Mr Oleg Sentzov.

A group of ‘Ukrainian commandos’, as the FSB states, that would supposedly prepare acts of terror in Crimea, including Yevgeniy Panov, resident of Energodar City, was detained in the early hours of August 7. The CHRG experts assessed the facts available and concluded that the case was a politically motivated criminal prosecution.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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