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Movie director Jean-Luc Godard refuses to visit Russia over Sentsov's imprisonment

The French movie director disagrees with the conditions of detention of the Ukrainian political prisoner, kept by Russia
20:29, 19 November 2018

Jean-Luc Godard, French movie director
AFP

Prominent French movie director Jean-Luc Godard refused to visit Russian museum Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, as AFP reported referring to the statement of Society of French Film Directors.

According to Godard, despite his attitude towards the Russians, he does not have a right to visit Russia due to the conditions of detention of Oleg Sentsov.

Related: Lawyer to see Sentsov in late November, - Ukrainian ombudswoman

“Thank you for the invitation, but considering the conditions of detention of the movie director Oleg Sentsov, I don’t think it is possible to visit Hermitage for now, regardless of the friendship with the Russian nation,” he noted.

As it was reported earlier, Sentsov became an honorary citizen of Paris.

Related: Russian penal servants tell what Sentsov might spend Sakharov prize on

As is known, Sentsov was judged and sentenced to 20-years-long imprisonment in Russia, as the judges found him guilty of preparing a terrorist act in annexed Crimea. Sentsov’s hunger strike began in May 2018, as he demanded that Russia release all Ukrainian political prisoners.  Oleg Sentsov stopped the hunger strike on the 144th day. The decision to end the hunger strike was made after Russian doctors and penitentiary facility workers issued an ultimatum to Sentsov, suggesting that he either voluntarily stop the hunger strike or agree to be force-fed

Reportedly, Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov was awarded Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The decision was announced by the European Parliament on October 25. It is supposed that the official ceremony is to be held in Strasbourg on December 12.

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