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Ukraine's Panov escorted back from Moscow to Crimea

The reason is unknown.

The mother of Ukrainian political prisoner Yevhen Panov, whom Russia blamed for plotting sabotage in Crimea, has said that her son was escorted back from Moscow to a remand centre in Simferopol, according to Krym.Realii.

His brother Ihor Katelyanets confirmed the report.

It is unclear why he was brought back to Crimea. His family and lawyer could not contact him because he is quarantine.

In August 2016, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said it detained a group of "Ukrainian saboteurs" allegedly plotting terrorist acts in Crimea. At first, the detainees were held in Moscow's Lefortovo remand centre but later were transferred back to Crimea.

On 13 July 2018, Panov was sentenced to eight years in high-security colony. Another suspect in the case, Andriy Zakhtey, agreed to cooperate with investigation ahead of trial. In February 2018, he was sentenced to six years and six months in a high-security colony and fined 220,000 roubles.

The Supreme Court of Russia upheld the eight-year sentence for Panov.

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