Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can contribute to the release of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov from the Russian captivity. This issue was discussed by the Turkish president and representatives of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiyhoz and Ilmi Umerov in Turkey, Radio Liberty reports.
"We expressed our gratitude to the President of Turkey and asked to continue to deal with these issues (the release of Ukrainian citizens from captivity, ed.) First of all, these more than forty people who are considered political prisoners or hostages of Russia, and as a priority among them, Oleh Sentsov's case was named. This was also accepted, we did not say anything else, "said Ilmi Umerov.
We recall, Akhtem Chyigoz and Ilmi Umerov, convicted in the annexed Crimea, were released on October 25. According to unofficial information, the agreement on the transfer of Chyigoz and Umerov was reached during the last meeting of the President of Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The State Duma of Russia says that the Mufti of the Muslims of Crimea, Emirali Ablaev, appealed to President Vladimir Putin with a request to pardon the leaders of the Crimean Tatar movement Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz.