Russian filmmaker expresses support for Sentsov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Viktor Kossakovsky expressed his belief that the Kremlin will release Sentsov for humanitarian reasons
10:08, 2 September 2018

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Russian documentarian Viktor Kossakovsky expressed support for detained in Russia Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov at the Venice Film Festival. Radio Svoboda reports 

A press conference was held for the first night of Kossakovsky's film titled Aquarella where the filmmaker came in a shirt with 111 numbers on it. It means the number of days of Sentsov's hunger strike. 

Related: Prague residents hold rally to support Sentsov

'It is not a political gesture, just a desire to remind the fate of the colleague,' the filmmaker noted. 

He expressed a belief that the Russian Government would release Sentsov for humanitarian reasons. 

Reportedly, Oleg Sentsov was detained by Russian intelligence agencies in Crimea on May 2014. Later he was sentenced to 20 years of the colony under the accusation of terrorist activity on the territory of Crimea. Oleg does not admit his guilt. Sentsov declared a hunger strike with a requirement to release all Ukrainian political prisoners in the Russian Federation. 

At the end of June, Ludmyla Denisova claimed that a priest wasn’t allowed to visit Sentsov.    

Related: Sentsov's play 'Numbers' to be showed in Kyiv

Reportedly, Kolchenko declared a hunger strike on May 31, requiring the release of Oleg Sentsov. He had to suspend the strike, as he got very weak.   

Kolchenko and Sentsov were detained by Russian intelligence services in Crimea in May 2014. They were accused of the organization of a terrorist act on the peninsula. Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years of the colony, Sentsov to 20 years. Both are denying their guilt.  

Related: Sentsov will be back home, - Victor Medvedchuk

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