Alleged terror attack: Brother of Yevhen Panov, arrested in Crimea, says he was kidnapped (photos, video)

10:53 Aug. 11, 2016

Brother of Yevhen Panov, arrested in Crimea, says he was kidnapped (photos, video)

Yevhen Panov (photo source: zp.depo.ua)

Russia accuses Panov of working for Ukraine's Intelligence service and planning terror attacks on peninsula. Kyiv denies these allegations. 

UPDATE: The brother of Yevhen Panov, who was detained and charged by Russian authorities with preparing terror attacks in Crimea, has asked Ukrainian officials for help in securing his release. Panov, a Ukrainian citizen, is being held on the Crimean peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014.

Yevhen Panov is a Ukrainian truck driver who previously volunteered in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. Moscow claims Panov worked as a Ukrainian military intelligence officer, Kyiv denies the allegations.

His brother Igor Kotelyanets spoke to RFE/RL's Current Time TV.

Yevhen Panov is so far the only man that Russia has officially named among the several arrested alleged ‘terrorists'. Moscow claims that Panov, born in Zaporizhia, works for Ukraine's Intelligence service, the agency which trained the so-called sabotage group and, ultimately, organized the ‘terror acts' in Crimea.

Learn how the events unfolded in the alleged terrorist attack in Crimea 

Russia media released images of Panov, escorted by FSB. There are bruises on his face.

According to the Kremlin, Panov has been interrogated and ‘is making a confession". Ukraine, in turn, categorically denies that Panov is a member of the Intel service.

Igor Kotelianets says he is the brother of the arrested man. He has a different version of what has happened.

Read also: An August Surprise from Russia?

‘I still cannot believe that this is real. My brother has been kidnapped. There is no other way for him to end up in Crimea' Kotelianets posted on Facebook.

After Russian aggression started, Panov joined the ranks of the army. Upon his return from the conflict zone, he became a technician at the nuclear power plant in Zaporizhia while being a volunteer and helping the servicemen.

"He would never go to Crimea. Yevhen always said that Crimea was gone and he was indifferent towards this fact", Kotelianets says in an interview with Ukrainian media outlet Censor.net.ua

Read also: Putin raises stakes over alleged Ukrainian terror plot in Crimea - Guardian

Kotelianets tells in an interview with Ukrainian media outlets, prior to the incident his brother was going to spend his time with friends and come back home Monday, but he never did. Later his family found out he had been arrested in Crimea.

Russian media claim, overall seven members have been detained in Crimea, including several locals. Moscow has yet to reveal the names of the other prisoners. 

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