UN Secretary-General António Guterres received a letter from 38 countries in which they asked to aid liberate Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov illegally detained in Russia. Ukraine’s permanent representative to UN Volodymyr Yelchenko said this Thursday to Ukrinform agency.
According to him, apart from Ukraine, the address was supported by the EU countries, The United States, Georgia, Moldova, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
'It will soon be a month Sentsov is on hunger strike and we know that in the coming days the UN Secretary-General plans to visit Russia. We expect that Guterres will raise this issue', he said.
António Guterres will go to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia on June 20 – 21.
As it was reported earlier, famous American writer Stephen King urged to support Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
Earlier the American PEN-center has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a demand to release Oleg Sentsov. The letter is also addressed to FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
48 people, including writers Herta Müller, J. M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, Paul Auster, singer Patti Smith, composer Stephen Sondheim, actor Patrick Stewart and others signed the letter.
Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike on May 14. This way, he demands that all Ukrainians detained in Russia and annexed Crimea be released. Sentsov said he was ready to die if the requirements were not fulfilled.