Sentsov gets Magnitsky Human Rights prize

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian filmmaker was supposed to get it last year; however, he was in prison at the time and could not be present at the awards ceremony
11:27, 15 November 2019

Sentsov gets Magnitsky Human Rights Prize
Voice of America

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov received the Magnitsky Human Rights prize. Voice of America reported that on Friday. 

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. 

Related: Ashamed of President: Sentsov comments on dispute between Zelensky and far-right in Donbas

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.

Related: Take tires and set them on fire: Sentsov advised Russian opposition what to do in Russia


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