Request to Putin to release Sentsov led to conflict in Russian writers' organization

Source : 112 Ukraine

More than 60 members of the "PEN Center" signed a letter to Putin to release Ukrainian political prisoner
17:31, 25 December 2016

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More than 60 members of the "Russian PEN Center" signed a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to pardon Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov.

The statement was published on the "Private opinion. Russian PEN Center" Facebook page which is not the official page of "Russian PEN Center," and reflects the views of its members, which often runs counter to the official position of the Center.

A letter is signed by 61 members of the organization, among them - Alexander Arkhangelsky, Veronika Dolina, Denis Dragunsky, Timur Kibirov, Maya Kucherskaya, Alexander Kushner and other writers, poets and journalists.

At the same time, the World Organization of Writers (Russian PEN Center) stressed that did not write a letter to the President of the Russian Federation with a request to pardon Sentsov.

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