Laureates of Nika annual national film award in Russia made a statement on stage to support political prisoners and citizens who were detained during protests on March 26. This was reported by Meduza.
Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, who was awarded with Eldar Ryazanov’s "Honor and Dignity" prize, reminded about Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted in Russia to 20 years for terrorism and also recalled Vladimir Putin’s promise to interfere in this situation.
Sokurov also commented on those detained during the protests on March 26 in the speech which was published on Facebook.
"The government makes a mistake behaving so unceremoniously with young people, schoolchildren and students. There should be no war between schoolchildren and students. We have to hear them out. None of our politicians wants to listen to them. Nobody is speaking with them," director noted.
Sokurov also urged to adopt a law prohibiting to "arrest and actually touch women and girls participating in public actions".
Sokurov’s speech was repeatedly followed by applause.