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Russian people's deputy writes article about Sentsov, complaint against him filed

Viktor Kotov was not summoned for questioning
08:52, 4 September 2018

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

Moscow municipal people’s deputy has filed a complaint to the Investigation Committee against another people’s deputy Viktor Kotov for an article about Sentsov, which he wrote for Nasha Yalimanka newspaper, as Radio Liberty reports.

“Dmitry Zakharov addressed the investigators. According to him, the article says that Sentsov is not guilty, and his case is fake. Zakharov thinks that this way the author justifies terrorism,” the message says.

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He also asked the Investigation Committee to determine whether Kotov has “connections with Ukraine’s special services”.

Kotov was not summoned for questioning as he said himself. He also stated that Zakharov is known for a long time: he started writing complaints against people’s deputies for various reasons when the elections campaign began.  

Related: EU Permanent Council in OSCE urges Russia to release Sentsov

As is known, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He announced a hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crises; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.

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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.

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