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

Source : 112 Ukraine

The partakers offer to the Ukrainians to send a letter to the PACE President, Secretary-General and political groups chairmen
16:23, 19 June 2018

The organizers of #SaveOlegSentsov starts a new campaign that aims to draw the attention of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the Ukrainian political prisoners illegally detained in Russia as they reported on the Facebook.

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

It is known that on June 25, the regular PACE session begins. According to the organizers, the campaign should urge the delegation to hold the urgent debates on the release of Oleg Sentsov and other 70 prisoners.

"It will not be easy. Kremlin has strong support in the Council of Europe. In the past Putin began a multi-pass on the lifting of the sanctions from the Russian delegation supported by the leaders of the organization and number of the assembly's members. People spend hours to watch the football matches at the World Cup in Russia. Let's spend 15 minutes to score the next goal to Putin," the message said.

Related: PEN America demands Sentsov's immediate release: "His life depends on it!"

Particularly, the organizers offer to enter the community of the campaign's members on Twitter and send the electronic letter to the PACE President, Secretary-General and political groups chairmen.

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.

Related: #FreeSentsov: 38 countries urge UN Secretary-General to help liberate Sentsov

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.

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.

Related: Sentsov's hunger strike: Ukraine's ombudswoman Denisova goes to Labytnangi

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.

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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