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Jagland’s letter is not ground for Sentsov’s pardon, - Kremlin

Source : 112 Ukraine

There are no “news and movement” in the release of Sentsov as Peskov claimed
16:13, 26 June 2018

TASS

Kremlin thinks that Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov cannot be pardoned on the ground of the official request of Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of Russian president claimed this as TASS reported.

“You know that such request cannot become the ground for the actions from the point of view of the Russian legislation because you know the pardon procedure in the Russian Federation,” Peskov said.

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He also supposed that the mentioned letter of Jagland “was sent through the diplomatic channels.”

“I have not seen this letter yet and cannot say anything,” he added.

Answering about the changes in the release of Sentsov, Kremlin’s representative said that there are no “news and movement”.

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On June 26Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland has officially filed for the pardon of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Deputy Secretary General Daniel Goltgen reminded that the head of the Council of Europe has the right to such actions under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment.

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.

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