“European Parliament has already appealed to Vladimir Putin with a demand for immediate liberation of Oleg Sentsov and others. We urge our government to take a firm stance on this issue and use all leverage to demand immediate release of Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoner in Russia,” the message said.
As the petition was registered on August 9 and succeeded to gain the necessary amount of signs, the American authorities are obliged to consider it and give the official respond. The lawyers suppose that this issue will be passed to the U.S. State Department.
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.