According to the outlet, Russian authorities believe that there is no reason for Sentsov’s release. The articles on which he was convicted are too serious, there are no Russians abroad with similar accusations, whom Kremlin would want to exchange. A federal official close to the Russian Presidential Administration claimed that Sentsov won’t be exchanged since he is convicted as a terrorist.
Another source of the outlet explained that the difference between Sentsov and Savchenko was that Savchenko took part in the hostilities in Donbas and was exchanged for Russian servicemen Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Erofeev, who have also been there.
‘Sentsov didn’t participate in the conflict, and according to the Kremlin, cannot be added to the list of arrested in the hostilities area, discussed with the representatives of Ukraine. Separatism and terrorism in Crimea have nothing to do with Donbas after the joining of the peninsula to Russia,’ the outlet quotes the source.
As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner, announced a hunger strike in May 2018, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. Sentsov has already survived three health crisis; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.
The native of Crimea, film director, and political activist, Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, its citizens, and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.