Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, supported the urge y the European Film Academy to take actions for releasing Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker sentenced in Russia and urged the EU and G7 countries to join him. He wrote that in his Twitter.
“Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker sentenced to 20 years in prison in a political trial in Russia, 22 days into a hunger strike. I call on EU & G7 to support the appeal. Our solidarity can save his life, - Tusk wrote.
Last year European filmmakers called Putin to immediately release Sentsov. Their letter was directed to President Putin, Sergey Naryshkin (Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation), Alexander Bortnikow (Director of the FSB) and other Russian official bodies.
Oleg Sentsov announced hunger strike on May 14. He demands to release 64 Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held in Russian colonies and detention centers.
In August 2015, the Russian court sentenced him to 20 years behind the bars under the charges with preparing terrorist acts in Crimea. The movie director denies all charges.
As we reported earlier, the documentary 'Process' about the case of Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov filmed by Russian moviemaker Askold Kurov is available to the public on May 31.
The rally in support of Oleg Sentsov took place on June 1-3. Hundreds of people organized the event and then took part in it in their cities. 78 cities participated in the rally (though on Facebook it was reported that rallies are carried out in the cities not mentioned in the list before).