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Ukraine's cinema workers join video flash mob to support Oleg Sentsov

The filmmaker and political hostage has been holding his hunger strike in the Russian prison for 44 days in a row; the Russian government provides no specific information about his health conditions
11:48, 27 June 2018

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Ukrainian cinema workers, colleagues of Oleg Sentsov supported him in the flash mob where people read one of his of stories aloud and recorded it as a video. Head of the State Cinema Agency Pylyp Illenko, director Oles Sanin and actor Vyacheslav Dovzhenko recorded the video, in which they read Autobiography, the story by Sentsov.

The first video from what became a series of clips was presented in Kyiv on June 26, during the press conference of the OSCE Envoy for Media Freedom. The activists organized a charity fundraising action, during which they collected some money and handed it over to Sentsov's sister Natalya Kaplan. Askold Kurov's film Process was also screened during the event.

To join the flash mob, one needs to read one of the 'Stories', the autobiographic collection by Sentsov and send the message to storiessentsov@gmail.com. The organizers mark that all collected videos will be published in social networks, specifically on the Facebook page of 435 FILMS production company. 

On June 22, Ukraine officially asked the ECHR to allow the Ukrainian ombudswoman to visit Sentsov.

Earlier Russian ombudswoman Tatiana Moskalkova claimed that the Ukrainian filmmaker refused to meet the doctors chosen by his advocate and relatives. She intends to visit him personally in the near time. On June 25, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia indicates political prisoner Oleg Sentsov as the citizen of Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine’s Ombudsman: If I cannot visit Ukrainian prisoners, neither can Russian side

On June 26Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland has officially filed for the pardon of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov to Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Kremlin responded that this letter cannot be a ground for the release of Sentsov.

The filmmaker and the political prisoner of the Kremlin, Sentsov has been holding his hunger strike in the Russian prison for 44 days in a row; the Russian government provides no specific information about his health conditions.

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Related: ECHR considers Sentsov as citizen of Ukraine, - Justice Ministry

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