The illegally sentenced political prisoners Evgen Panov and Oleskiy Syzonovych can be transferred to Ukraine for further serving their sentence. Under the same scheme, political prisoner Serhiy Litvinov was previously transferred to Ukraine. This is stated in the response of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to journalists of “Hromadsky”.
For example, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine has asked the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation to inform about the final decision of the Russian side regarding the transfer of Syzonovych and Panov to Ukraine. The Russian side did not answer as of August 27, 2019.
Pursuant to the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine and the 1983 Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, a sentenced person may be transferred to the State of his nationality if the sentencing State (Russian Federation) and the executing State (Ukraine) agree to such transfer.
Upon receiving the Russian side’s consent to the transfer of Syzonovych and Panov to Ukraine, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine will instruct the competent authorities of Ukraine to agree with the Russian law enforcement authorities on the place, time and procedure of transfer and to accept the said persons in the institution of the penal system in Ukraine.