Klyment, the Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea got the refusal from the Russian authorities to pardon political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. Crimean Human Rights Group reported this citing the response of the commission of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug for the personal appeal of Archbishop Klyment to the president of Russia.
“The document says that Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov should appeal to President of Russia Vladimir Putin with the proper request in the written form and pass it to the administration of the prison to start the procedure of the pardon,” the message said.
The officials refer to the order of the Russian president dated December 28, 2001 “On the commission on pardon at the territories of the members of the Russian Federation”.
“On the results of the consideration (the appeal, verdict and characteristics of detainee), the conclusion on the feasibility of the pardon is made and it is passed to the governor of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. The governor makes the submission to the president of Russia on the feasibility of the pardon of the particular prisoner,” the document said.
A month ago, Archbishop Klyment asked the Russian leader to pardon Oleg Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh and other political prisoners from Ukraine who currently serve time in Russia.
As is known, the native of Crimea, film director and political activist, Sentsov has been serving time in the Russian penal colony in Labytnangi since May 2014. This spring, he announced a hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held by the Kremlin.
Oleg 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 the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.
Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.