The former political prisoner accepted the award from Megan McCain, the TV host and the daughter of the late U.S. Senator John McCain.
The jury chose Sentsov as the winner in November 2018, however, he was in prison at the time and could not be present at the awards ceremony.
As is known, Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by Russian special services in Crimea in May 2014. They were charged with preparing terrorist acts in the occupied peninsula. In summer 2015, Kolchenko was sentenced to 10 years in a high-security penal colony. Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years. Both denied their guilt.
Sentsov and Kolchenko returned to Ukraine with another 33 political prisoners, when Russia and Ukraine exchanged captives in September 2019.