Amnesty International calls on Russia to release Sentsov and Kolchenko
12:02, 25 August 2015

Amnesty International calls on Russia to release Sentsov and Kolchenko

Solidarity meetings will take place in Paris, Stockholm, Warsaw, and Kyiv

12:02, 25 August 2015

Amnesty International
Amnesty International in Ukraine calls on Russia to withdraw the charges against Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and left-wing political activist Olexander Kolchenko. "More and more shocking details of torture and ill-treatment, used to extract confessions or information as evidence, has come to light during the trial. The lack of investigation of torture is the manifestation of fair trial disregard," as said in an official statement of the human rights defenders.

The activists will gather near Russian embassy in Kyiv to support the political prisoners in the day of their sentence is pronounced. Solidarity actions will take place in Stockholm, Paris, and Warsaw. 

They are charged with the planning and conduction of anti-Russian terrorist attacks. Sentsov faces a 23 years’ imprisonment in a high-security penal colony, Kolchenko may be imprisoned for 12 years. The prisoners accuse the court of presenting a falsified and political case.

The lawsuit took an unexpected turn when key witness Hennadiy Afanasyev took back his testimony (July 31), then "new anonymous witnesses" appeared in the case. 

Related: European filmmakers call Putin to release Sentsov facing 23 years of jail

Related: Case against Kolchenko and Sentsov includes classified info

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