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ECHR considers Sentsov, Kolchenko cases priority again, - human rights activist

The Court will inform the society about any sort of follow-ups
19:26, 29 January 2019

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The European Court for Human Rights returned to consideration of cases of Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko in the priority order. Pavlo Chikov, the head of Agora, the international human rights protection group reported that via Telegram channel on January 29. 

'The previously made decision on putting Sentsov and Kolchenko's case on hold until the consideration of the interstate appeal of Ukraine against Russia was canceled. The case is now on the priority row again, and the court will report on any further progress of this case', he wrote.

Chikov also wrote that the delay in consideration does not concern the Crimea-related cases. 

Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian special services in the annexed Crimea in May 2014. They were charged with preparing terrorist acts on the peninsula.

In summer 2015, Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years in the high-security penal colony; Sentsov got 20 years. Both detainees deny any guilt.

The Ukrainian government demands to release Sentsov and Kolchenko claiming them political prisoners.

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