Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary-General of the Europe Council, claimed that Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in the Russian Federation has to be released for humanitarian reasons. The Secretary-General claimed this after the meeting with Tatyana Moskalkova, the Russian ombudsman today on Wednesday, June 20, according to Interfax Ukraine.
'I think Mr. Sentsov has to be released for humanitarian reasons. He can be pardoned for humanitarian reasons,' the news agency quotes.
Also, he said that he was ready to request a pardon for Sentsov personally according to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Moskalkova, in her turn, stated that Sentsov didn't request a pardon himself, and the Jagland's claim - it is his personal interest.
'Personally, Sentsov didn't address me with any particular request. Also, I didn't have a full pack of legal documents in order to fully assess the situation,' she said.
As we reported earlier, Lyudmyla Denisova, the Representative of the Ukrainian parliament on Human Rights, addressed Moskalkova with a request to facilitate the Sentsov's release.
Earlier, Denisova wasn't allowed to visit Roman Sushchenko, a Ukrainian political prisoner. Later, there was a meeting of the Ukrainian and the Russian ombudsmen where the status and citizenship of the prisoners were discussed.
Reportedly, the Ukrainian ombudsman has already been to the colony where Oleg Sentsov is kept, but she was denied visitation. Later, she wasn't allowed to see Mykola Karpyuk. The Russian side refuses to provide any accurate information on political prisoners' condition, who are on a hunger strike.
Meanwhile, Tatyana Moskalkova visited Dmytro Shtyblikov, a Ukrainian diversionist kept in Omsk.
Denisova made it to Russia on June 13 again. Previously, Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin discussed the release of the political prisoners during a telephone conversation.
Oleg Sentsov was falsely imprisoned in the Russian Federation and sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment. Oleg declared indefinite hunger strike on May 14. His main requirement is to liberate all Ukrainian political prisoners kept in Russian penitentiary systems.