The Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) voted for the draft resolution on the release of the Ukrainian political prisoners detained by the Russian Federation as Ukraine’s MP Leonid Yemets reported on Facebook.
“Now it is up to the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The issue will be considered tomorrow,” Yemets said.
The summer PACE session has begun on June 25 in Strasbourg. During this session, new PACE president Liliane Maury Pasquier was chosen.
Also, we reported that the debates on the Ukrainian political prisoners detained in Russia will be held on June 28.
On June 26, Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland has officially filed for the pardon of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Deputy Secretary General Daniel Goltgen reminded that the head of the Council of Europe has the right to such actions under the European Convention on Human Rights.
As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment.
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.