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Sentsov becomes nominee for Sakharov Prize

The prize for the Freedom of Thought named after Soviet dissident and human rights defender Andrei Sakharov was established by European Parliament in 1988
23:00, 12 September 2018

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European People's Party nominated Ukrainian political prisoner, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov for the Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, according to the Twitter of the European Parliament’s faction.

‘Ukrainian film director, illegally imprisoned in Russia, Oleg Sentsov is our candidate for the Sakharov Prize 2018,' reads the message.

The prize for the Freedom of Thought named after Soviet dissident and human rights defender Andrei Sakharov was established by European Parliament in 1988. It is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the struggle for human rights. For the nomination, the candidate must receive the support of 40 members of the European Parliament.

Related: Ukraine’s ombudswoman: Russian colleague to pass medical reports on Sentsov, Balukh health today

A draft law offering to nominate Ukrainian movie maker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for Nobel Peace Prize was registered in Ukrainian Parliament.

Earlier, Lech Wałęsa, the Polish leader in 1990-1995, the holder of Nobel Peace Prize offered to nominate Ukrainian movie maker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for this prize.

As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He announced a hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crises; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.

Related: Ukraine Ombudsman demands note on Sentsov's health condition

The native of Crimea, film director, and political activist, 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's photos from Labytnangi penal colony were published on August 9. 

Related: He has faced a slow decay, - lawyer about Sentsov

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