“Savchenko did not ask for pardon! Cynicism, but the relatives of Russian journalists murdered in Donbas asked to pardon her, complete strangers. And it worked because it was the Kremlin’s scenario. The absence of a personal petition did not keep Putin from pardoning her,” Gerashchenko reminded.
She added that neither Akhtem Chiygoz nor Ilmi Umerov wrote any appeals for pardon.
The statement is connected with the fact that yesterday Sentsov’s mother received a letter from the Russian President Administration which says that Sentsov has to appeal to Putin personally to be pardoned.
As is known, the native of Crimea, film director and political activist, Sentsov has been serving time in the Russian penal colony in Labytnangi since May 2014. This spring, he announced a hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held by the Kremlin.
Oleg 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.
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.