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Kremlin comments on possibility of Oleg Sentsov's pardon

Moscow thinks that the public outcry "cannot influence the decision of the court"
19:03, 19 June 2018

TASS

The public outcry around Sentsov's case cannot influence the decision of the court that has already come into force. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson of the Russian president claimed this commenting the appeal of the Russian culture figures with the request to pardon Ukrainian filmmaker as RIA News reported.

"The thing is, that naturally, the public outcry cannot influence the decision of the Russian Federation's court in any way; it is the absolutely different dimension. Certainly, we saw the messages in the mass media that the number of the culture figures stood with the urge to President Putin one more time, but you know, the procedure is provided for the pardon and it is initiated by the convicted we should come from this," he claimed.

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Earlier "Ekho of Moscow" published the appeal of a number of the Russian culture figures with a request to pardon Oleg Sentsov. Vladimir Pozner, Ksenia Sobchak, Aleksandr Sokurov, Valery Todorovsky, Aleksey Uchitel, Konstantin Bronzit, Andrey Zviagintsev, Pavel Lungin, Ekaterina Mtsituridze, Yury Norstein, Aleksey Fedorchenko and Chulpan Khamatova signed it.

"A human dies. We do not think that his guilt is so big to be sentenced to 20 years. He is sincere in his beliefs – his termless hunger strike proves this. It is necessary to be merciful to save human's life," they wrote.

Related: Organizers of #SaveOlegSentsov urges PACE to hold debates on prisoner's release

As we reported, on June 18, Denisova was not allowed to visit Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko. Then, the meeting of the Ukrainian and Russian ombudswomen took place when they discussed the citizenship of the detainees.

On June 15, the Ukrainian ombudsman arrived in the prison where Sentsov is kept, but she was not let to visit him. In her turn, Moskalkova stated that Denisova violated the agreements. As the same time, on June 16 Moskalkova visited Dmytro Shtyblikov, a Ukrainian “saboteur”, in Omsk.

Related: Actors of Moscow theatre detained for action in support of Sentsov

Moreover, Denisova reported about the disruption of the agreements with Russian colleague Tatiana Moskalkova on the synchronized visit to Oleg Sentsov and Kyrylo Vyshynsky.

Earlier the American PEN-center has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a demand to release Oleg Sentsov. The letter is also addressed to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

48 people, including writers Herta Müller, J. M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, singer Patti Smith, composer Stephen Sondheim, actor Patrick Stewart and others signed the letter.

Related: Sentsov's health is satisfactory, - Russian ombudsman

Also, famous American writer Stephen King urged to support Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov illegally detained in Russia.

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.

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