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Sentsov claimed finalist of Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought

The shortlist also includes Nasser Zefzafi, the fighter against corruption and authority abuse, and eleven NGOs which work to save the lives of migrants across the Mediterranean
15:56, 9 October 2018

Radio Svoboda

Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov reached the final round in the contest for Andrey Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

The respective message appeared on the website of the European Parliament. 

The parliamentary committees for development and foreign affairs selected the finalists at a Tuesday session. 

The shortlist also includes Nasser Zefzafi, the Moroccan fighter against corruption and authority abuse; he was arrested in May 2017 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 'plot against the state secuity'. The list also features eleven NGOs, which work to save the lives of migrants across the Mediterranean.

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Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was nominated by the European People's Party. Thus, the political prisoner is now one of the eight figures and NGOs to compete for the award. The three finalists will be selected after the voting procedure slated for October 9.

The winner will be announced in Strasbourg in October, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for December 12 as the European Parliament will hold a plenary session.

Since 1988, the EU authority has awarded the Sakharov Prize to individuals and organizations that defend human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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