President of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert expressed his solidarity with Ukrainian Oleg Sentsov and Russian Kirill Serebrennikov while giving a speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia, as the DW reports.
“One can’t speak about the possibility of pluralism, and not give journalists, artists inside the country demonstrate it. It happens in many countries of the world… Regretfully, it happens in Russia as well,” Lammert said.
He reminded of the cases of Ukrainian director Sentsov, who had been convicted in Russia for 20 years and Serebrenikov, who is under house arrest now.
“Speaking on the behalf of the German delegation, I wanted to express our solidarity with people like Serebrenikov and Sentsov, regardless of where they are,” the President of the Bundestag said.
Ukrainian Oleh Sentsov, born in Crimea, was sentenced to 20 years in a Russian prison, following his trial in a military court in Rostov-on-Don. The sentence on suspicion of plotting terrorist acts in Crimea was pronounced in summer 2015. Sentencing Sentsov provoked a stormy reaction within the international community, which strongly condemned the groundless allegation and Russia's behaviour.
Artistic director of the Gogol Center in Moscow Kirill Serebrennikov was detained by the Investigative Committee of Russia, suspected of masterminding a fraud scheme involving a state subsidy the Seventh Studio received from the government of Russia from 2011 to 2014. He has been placed under house arrest until October 19.