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Sentsov to receive Sakharov Prize in European Parliament

Ukrainian director previously won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2018
11:08, 26 November 2019

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November 26, Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov will be awarded with Sakharov Prize in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Radio Svoboda reports about it.

The awards ceremony will take place in the boardroom where Sentsov will deliver a speech during the afternoon.

Ukrainian director previously won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2018. At that time, Russia kept him in prison. His sister Natalya Kaplan and his lawyer Dmytro Dinz received the award for him.

Related: Ex-political prisoner Sentsov meets Ukrainian diaspora in London

As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov received the Magnitsky Human Rights Prize, as Voice of America informed. 

The former political prisoner accepted the award from Megan McCain, the TV host and the daughter of the late U.S. Senator John McCain.

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.

Related: Ex-political prisoner Sentsov meets Ukrainian diaspora in London

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