“Today is day 1 of the FIFAWorldCup and day 32 of Oleg Sentsov's hunger strike. Join me and Pen America in calling for the release of this Ukrainian filmmaker unjustly imprisoned in Russia. Time is running out, and he may die for his views,” he wrote.
Earlier the American PEN-center has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a demand to release Oleg Sentsov. The letter is also addressed to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
48 people, including writers Herta Müller, J. M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, singer Patti Smith, composer Stephen Sondheim, actor Patrick Stewart and others signed the letter.
As we reported the jury of Kinotavr film festival held in Sochi Aleksey Popogrebsky and Andrey Plakhov appealed in the support of the filmmakers Oleg Sentsov and Kirill Serebrennikov. Their words appeared at the evening broadcast of Russia One TV Channel that held the live broadcast. In the morning, the video was edited and all inconvenient moments were cut out.