Ukrainian political prisoner held in Russia, director Oleg Sentsov received another award. Polish Foreign Ministry awarded him the Pro Dignitate Humana (For Human Dignity) award, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“It’s an honor for me that this year I can award Mr. Oleg Sentsov with the award For Human Dignity for acknowledging his achievements in the field of human rights, the uncompromising protection of persecuted people and those who have been repressed,” said Jacek Czaputowicz, head of the ministry, during the presentation of the award today, on December 1 in Kyiv.
The prize was presented to Natalia Kaplan, Sentsov’s cousin, who thanked for the award and hoped that her brother would soon be able to express his gratitude personally.
"Oleg continues his fight ... He is a hero, he could have avoided such a fate, but he did not back down from his convictions," she said and stressed that Sentsov continues joint work with director Akhtem Seytablaev on a new film.
The Administration of the Russian President Vladimir Putin has declined the appeal filed by Russia’s party Yabloko ('Apple,' - 112 International) on pardoning of Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner. Journalist Anton Naumlyuk wrote this on Facebook.
'The right for the pardon is an exclusive prerogative of the president. Russia’s Constitution does not restrict the president within this right. We urge to not be afraid to take this step, which is important from the humanitarian, legal and political points of view,' the statement of the party says.
Yet, Putin’s administration responded that according to the pardon procedure, the convict has to file the complaint by himself. It has to be sent to the commission of pardon headed by the governor. Then, the president is to confirm this decision.
Earlier, Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov was awarded Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
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.