OSCE files letter to Russia's Foreign Ministry with urge to release Sentsov

The organization is sure that voice of Crimean should not be silenced does not matter how critical it is
18:02, 4 June 2018

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Harlem Desir, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media has filed the letter to Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia with an urge to immediately release Ukrainian movie maker Oleg Sentsov as the press service of Desir reported.

'I call on the Russian authorities to review Sentsov’s case and to release him immediately,” Désir wrote in a letter to Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. “His continued detention is unjustified and creates a strong chilling effect for those in Crimea who have the right to express their views and opinions freely. His voice should not be silenced, no matter how critical it is', the message said.

Related: Russia's court sentences Sushchenko to 12 years in hard labor colony for espionage

Also, it is noted that Désir emphasized that he is especially concerned with the state of health of the movie makers as he has announced the hunger strike.

Moreover, OSCE Representative also noted the messages that prove the number of the violations during the court hearing of Sentsov's case and that the tortures, including the beating and threats of sexual assault, can be used against him.

Related: Kremlin comments possibility of Sentsov's exchange for Russians convicted in Ukraine

As it is known, 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.

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.

Related: I will keep on starving as long as I'm healthy enough, - Kolchenko

On May 31, another Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko joined Sentsov, announcing hunger strike as well. He demands to set Sentsov free.

June 1-2, international campaign #SaveOlegSentsov to be held in different cities around the world. The organizers say that these days they "will give a red card to the regime of Putin," who illegally keeps people behind the bars.

At the moment, 54 cities are on the participants’ list. Among them are the capitals of Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, France, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Britain, USA, Portugal, and Austria.

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