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Poroshenko on world rally in support of Oleg Sentsov

The Head of state stated that Ukraine will continue struggling to release every Ukrainian political prisoner and hostage kept in Russia and temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas
15:02, 2 June 2018

Presidential Administration press office

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, expressed his gratitude to the international community for the participation in rallies supporting Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian movie director illegally convicted in Russia.

“I am grateful to everyone who took part in the rallies all over the world supporting Oleg Sentsov – in Germany, France, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, Canada, USA, Portugal, Ukraine and even in Russia. Iniquity and totalitarian methods of the Kremlin regime outrages the tire world,” the Head of the State wrote on his Facebook page.

Besides, Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine will continue struggling to release every Ukrainian political prisoner and hostage kept in Russia and temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas.

Earlier, reported that a few hundreds of people have gathered near Independence Stella at Maidan Nezalezhnosti to carry out a rally in support of Oleg Sentsov. 

The rally takes place within the world rally in the support of Sentsov. Today, it also should take place in other cities of Ukraine. 17 cities and town confirmed their participation.

As it is known, 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.

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.

On May 31, another Ukrainian political prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko joined Sentsov, announcing hunger strike as well. He demands to set Sentsov free.

June 1-2, international campaign #SaveOlegSentsov to be held in different cities around the world. The organizers say that these days they "will give a red card to the regime of Putin," who illegally keeps people behind the bars.

At the moment, 54 cities are on the participants’ list. Among them are the capitals of Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, France, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Britain, USA, Portugal, and Austria.

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