Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia has been approved as the candidate for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. His candidacy was presented in Brussels, at the joint session of the Parliament Committee for Foreign Affairs and the sub-Committee for Human Rights. The respective message appeared on the authority's official website.
The Ukrainian filmmaker 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.