The Administration of the Russian President Vladimir Putin has declined the appeal filed by Russia’s party Yabloko ('Apple' in Russian, - 112 International) on pardoning of Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner. Journalist Anton Naumlyuk wrote this on Facebook.
'The right for the pardon is an exclusive prerogative of the president. Russia’s Constitution does not restrict the president within this right. We urge to not be afraid to take this step, which is important from the humanitarian, legal and political points of view,' the statement of the party says.
Yet, Putin’s administration responded that according to the pardon procedure, the convict has to file the complaint by himself. It has to be sent to the commission of pardon headed by the governor. Then, the president is to confirm this decision.
Earlier, Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov was awarded Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Previously, Valeriy Maksymenko, the Deputy Head of Russia’s Federal Prison Service said that Sentsov gave up starving and almost returned tp normal nutreition mode. The procedures to properly finish the hunger strike are almost completed, the official said. He added that over the past three weeks, the inmate gained ten lkilograms and returned to his initial weight he had before the hunger strike.
The native of Crimea, film director and political activist, Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.