Russian court sentences Ukrainian Panov to 8 years in prison

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ROSTOV-ON-DON – The North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don found Artur Panov,  a Ukrainian citizen, guilty of plotting a terrorist attack in the city, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom on August 11.

The judge ruled to sentence Panov to eight years in a general security penitentiary.

The court also found Maxim Smyshlyayev guilty of colluding with Panov and sentenced him to 10 years in a strict security penitentiary.

According to the investigation, Panov is an active adherent of nationalistic ideas and decided to commit a terrorist attack at a crowded place in Rostov-on-Don using an improvised explosive device.

They claim in order to carry out his designs, Panov began correspondence with a Rostov-on-Don resident via social networks, telling him that a terrorist attack was being plotted in his city and promising a monetary reward and evacuation from Russia if the attack was successful.

Russian security agencies detained the Ukrainian in early December 2015. The Russian defendant from Rostov-on-Don was captured in April 2016.

Panov was charged with plotting a terrorist attack and attempting to recruit another person for its commission, illegal manufacturing of explosives and public justification of terrorism. The Rostov-on-Don man was charged with complicity in terrorist activities.

The North Caucasus District Military Court started judicial proceedings on the Panov case on February 14, 2017.

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