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European Commissioner for Justice urges Russia to release Sentsov

She also urged to allow Ukrainian ombudswoman to visit political prisoner
18:20, 18 September 2018

Radio Liberty

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourova wrote a letter to Russia's Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov. She urges to re-consider the case of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov and release him as Radio Liberty reported.

"I strongly urge you to reconsider the case on humanitarian grounds and taking into account the international commitments of Russia in the human rights, to release Mr. Sentsov. Such gesture will send the powerful signal about the commitments of Russia on the observation of the international right and human rights to the world," Jourova wrote.

Related: French filmmakers declare hunger strike in support of Sentsov

She also urged the Justice Ministry of Russia to provide the Ukrainian side, including the ombudswoman, the access to Sentsov in the colony.

Earlier European People's Party nominated Ukrainian political prisoner, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov for the Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Earlier, Lech Wałęsa, the Polish leader in 1990-1995, the holder of Nobel Peace Prize offered to nominate Ukrainian movie maker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for this prize.

Related: Merkel talked with Putin about Sentsov, - Russian Foreign Minister

As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian political prisoner, has been starving in Russia penal colony of Labytnangi for 100 days now. He announced a 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.

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