Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to release Ukrainian film director Sentsov sentenced to 20 years for preparing terrorist attacks in the Crimea. The President of Russin Federation said this at a meeting with cultural figures that is going on right now in St. Petersburg, reports the daily Fontanka.
"We must proceed from the fact that we live in a legal state and questions like this kind must be resolved judiciary. Sentsov was not sentenced for his art. But for what for taking on completely different functions...he actually devoted his life to terrorism - said Putin. And it's not about his position, not because of what he thinks about the events in Crimea. It’s about his intentions and preparation for illegal actions. "
The President answered to the question of the St. Petersburg’s film director Alexander Sokurov, who stood up for Sentsov emotionally.
"I have a heartfelt request - let's solve the problem of Oleg Sentsov. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. The film director should fight me at the film festival, but not sitting in our northern prison," Sokurov said.
And when he heard the refusal of Vladimir Putin he added that Sentsov can be excused "in Russian, Christian way," "he has no deaths on him."
"Thank God, no, but it could be so. I know that the issue is sensitive, and will bear it in mind", Putin said.
Earlier it was reported that Johnny Depp supported Oleg Sentsov, who was illegally detained in Russia. The Hollywood actor joined the Voice Project, which aims to fight oppression and injustice worldwide.