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Draft law nominates Sentsov for Nobel Peace Prize

Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov and MP from the President’s political party Artur Gerasimov are the authors of the bill
10:41, 5 September 2018

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A draft law No. 9040 offering to nominate Ukrainian movie maker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for Nobel Peace Prize was registered in Ukrainian Parliament. Refat Chubarov, the Chairman of the Crimean Tatars’ Mejlis, and Artur Gerasimov, Member of Parliament of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko Block, are the authors of the bill.

The text of the regulation is not yet made public on the official web-site of the parliament.

Earlier, Lech Wałęsa, the Polish leader in 1990-1995, the holder of Nobel Peace Prize offered to nominate Ukrainian movie maker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for this prize.

'Sentsov supported Euromaidan, stood for Ukraine as part of democratic Europe. He peacefully protested against the annexation of his native Crimea by Russia, and then he was arrested by Russian special services. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison due to the unfair trial, in spite of the fact that the witness recalled his testimony, given under pressure', reads the message.

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He also recalled that more than a hundred days ago, Sentsov announced a hunger strike, demanding to release Ukrainian political prisoners from Russia.

As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He annoiunched 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.

Sentsov's photos from Labytnangi penal colony were published on August 9. 

Related: Russian filmmaker expresses support for Sentsov

Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.

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

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