#SaveOlegSentsov solidarity campaign unites 54 world cities

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June 1-2, international campaign to be held in support of starving Ukrainian filmmaker, who claims to release 64 Ukrainian political prisoners, held in Russia
12:21, 30 May 2018

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June 1-2, international campaign #SaveOlegSentsov to be held in different cities around the world.

The organizers say that these days they "will give a red card to the regime of Putin," who illegally keeps people behind the bars.

The demand is to release Oleg Sentsov and other unlawfully detained prisoners.

Related: Sentsov agrees to undertake supportive therapy during hunger strike

The timing of the action is chosen taking into account the beginning of the World Cup in Russia, which starts on June 14.

At the moment, 54 cities are on the participants’ list. Among them are the capitals of Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, France, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Britain, USA, Portugal, and Austria.

Related: Political prisoner Sentsov under doctors' observation, - Federal Penitentiary Service

In addition, as for today, rallies in 17 Ukrainian cities are scheduled, but this is not the final version of the list.

Oleg Sentsov, who serves a 20-year sentence in Russian Arctic town of Labytnangi, went on hunger strike, claiming to release all Ukrainian prisoners, kept in Russian Federation. The filmmaker went on hunger strike on May 14 and prepared for it in advance. Currently, he is in the stable state and gets the supportive therapy.


Related: Sentsov case: Sister, doctor ask Ukraine's political prisoner to stop hunger strike

May this year marks the fourth anniversary of the arrest of the so-called “Crimean Four.” Oleg Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko and two other opponents of Russian annexation - Gennady Afanasyev and Oleksiy Chyrniy – were seized by the Russian FSB in May 2014. August 19, 2015, the North Caucasus Military District Court of the Russian Federation in Rostov-on-Don delivered its verdict in the trial of the so-called “Crimean terrorists”, activists Oleg Sentsov and Olexander Kolchenko, accused of creating a terrorist organization (a Right Sector cell), preparing and committing terrorist attacks. Despite the apparently political nature of the case, the absence of any direct evidence and international public reaction, the court sentenced Sentsov and Kolchenko to 20 and 10 years respectively in high-security prisons.

Related: No offers on exchange of Sentsov for Vyshynsky were received, - Russia

Sentsov described the torture he was subjected to in detail and said that he was told that if he did not provide the testimony demanded, including against Euromaidan and the new government in Kyiv, they would make him the ‘ringleader’ and he would rot in prison. Oleg refuses from personal meetings with his mother and children, explaining that, by doing so he would not be able to serve his 20-year sentence due to the homesickness. While being in the Russian prisons, he wrote four film scripts. According to Sentsov’s cousin Natalia Kaplan, Sentsov is trying to monitor the situation in Ukraine and Crimea. He is grateful to all people who do not forget about him and write letters to him.

Related: Sentsov not to sign petition for pardon, - sister

Sentsov and Kolchenko were detained in Crimea, held in remand centers in Moscow, sentenced in Rostov-on-Don, and then transferred to the Ural and even to the Russian Arctic. According to the estimates of “A halfway around the world transfer: Story of Sentsov’s and Kolchenko’s imprisonment,” in total, during the transfers from one prison to another, they have traveled together a distance of 20 thousand kilometers, which is a half of the distance around the world.

Related: Fourth anniversary of Sentsov-Kolchenko affair: The prisoners are still there

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