Lyudmyla Sentsova, the mother of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov turned to the Russian president Vladimir Putin with a plea, asking to pardon her son. Hromadske.org reported that, referring to Sentsov's sister Natalya Kaplan, who provided the text of the document.
The plea was composed on June 22, and Putin's apparatus received it on June 26. So far, there has been no reaction from the Kremlin to it.
'I turn to you, asking to pardon my son Oleg Sentsov, born in 1976, sentenced by the Russian court to 20 years at a high-security penal colony under the charge of organizing a terrorist group. All mothers love their children, wishing them freedom and happiness. It's difficult for me to tell how much guilt is on him, though I know him as a peaceful citizen and the man who loves his job, the moviemaking. I will not persuade you of his innocence, despite my beliefs that he is. I'll just say he never killed anyone. He already spent four years in prison. His children are waiting for him, the younger son suffers from autism. They miss him. They will never be happy without their father. I ask you to show mercy and pardon Oleg Sentsov, stop wasting his life and these of his close people. We're waiting for him at home', reads the letter.
On July 13, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker and political prisoner celebrates his birthday. He turned 42.
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.
leg 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.