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Day 969: October 13, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Ukrainian 'Sabotage' Suspects Discovered in FSB's Lefortovo Prison by Monitors; Complain of Harsh Treatment
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Russian prison monitors have discovered the Ukrainian "saboteurs" accused of staging a border clash in August in the FSB's Lefortovo Prison, Novaya Gazeta reported, citing RIA Novosti.

Eva Merkacheva chair of the Moscow Public Observers Commission said her team made a planned inspection of Lefortovo this week and discovered Yevhen Panov and Andrei Zakhtey in the isolation cell. They spoke to the prisoners and learned they had been secretly brought to Moscow about a week ago. Both complained of harsh treatment.

The arrest warrant for them is in effect until December 10. They are charged with preparing "terrorist attacks."  

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Yevhen Panov
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As we reported, the men were apprehended in alleged border clashes in Crimea in August.

Last month Krym.Realii, the news service of Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe for Russian-occupied Crimea, reported that Panov was tortured for three days before putting him on television. The videos of his forced confession show him with cuts and bruises on his face and a swollen neck.

Human rights advocate Olga Skripnik of the Crimea Human Rights Group said at a press conference in Kiev at the time that according to a source close to law-enforcement, Panov was beaten, subjected to electrical shock and threatened with sexual violence.

Igor Kotelyanets, Panov's brother, also said several jailers tortured him by handcuffing him and tying him to a chair with duct tape, putting a bag over his head and then linking live wires to him and threatening him with sexual violence.

The wife of Andrei Zakhtey, the other suspect taken in the raid, also said her husband was tortured.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick