Another request to pardon Sentsov overruled

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian Pardon Commission informed that Sentsov should file the request himself
14:21, 5 September 2018

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

Sentsov’s mother was again denied to pardon her son. The lawyer of the Ukrainian political prisoner Dmytro Dinze published the relevant decision of Russian Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District Pardon Commission on Facebook.

The members of the Commission explained that they could not consider the motion Lyudmyla Sentsov filed, as it was not the convicted who did it.

“Therefore, Sentsov has to file the request for pardon addressed to the President of Russia himself,” the document says.

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Moreover, Oleg Sentsov was informed about the requests concerning his case and that it is necessary that he himself should send the request, so that it can be considered.

Earlier, Sentsov has stated multiple times that he was not going to ask to pardon him.

The Verkhovna Rada suggested nominating Sentsov for Nobel Prize.

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As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He annoiunched hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally held by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crises; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.

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.

Related: Russian filmmaker expresses support for Sentsov

Sentsov's photos from Labytnangi penal colony were published on August 9. 

Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.

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