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Canada urges Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoner Sentsov

Canada’s Foreign Minister is concerned about the health state of the Ukrainian movie maker
12:02, 8 June 2018

Cole Garside

Canada urges Russia to release Ukrainian movie maker Oleg Sentsov as Chrystia Freeland, the Foreign Minister of Canada reported on Twitter.

‘Canada is deeply concerned for the well-being of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, currently in jail and on a hunger strike to protest Russia's unjust treatment of Ukrainian political prisoners. We call on Russia to release him’, she wrote.

Related: Kolchenko's lawyer on Afanasyev's "testimony" against Sentsov

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike on May 14. This way, he demands that all Ukrainians detained in Russia and annexed Crimea be released. Sentsov said he was ready to die if the requirements were not fulfilled.

The relatives of Sentsov note the deterioration of his health. According to the sister, he gets injections of glucose in the amount of one liter daily. Russian moviemaker Askold Kurov noted that the Ukrainian political prisoner feels good.

Related: Week of Ukrainian cinema kicks off in Kyiv: Film directors support Sentsov

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.

Vice Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko claimed that Kyiv is ready to pass 23 Russians convicted in Ukraine for the exchange of Sentsov and other Ukrainians. 

Related: Putin does not think about exchange of Vyshynsky for Sentsov

Earlier Canada condemned the sentence of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko by Russia. Official Ottawa treats the delivered sentence as an attempt to derogate the journalists.

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