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Rally in support of Sentsov, other Ukrainian political prisoners takes place in Kyiv

At the moment, a few hundreds of people have gathered near Independence Stella at Maidan Nezalezhnosti
12:59, 2 June 2018

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The partakers of the rally for the support of Ukrainian movie maker Oleg Sentsov illegally convicted in Russia and other political prisoners detained in Russia as 112 Ukraine reported.

According to the message, a few hundreds of people have gathered near Independence Stella at Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

People are holding the posters with the demand to release Sentsov and chanting patriotic slogans.

Related: Russian journalist goes on hunger strike to support Ukrainian Sentsov

Also, there was a theatrical performance: about dozen of people came out in the uniform and portrayed the prisoners. In such way they tried to attract the attention of the international community to the destiny of these people.

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.

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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.

Related: Hunger protests of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia: Balukh, Sentsov, Kolchenko

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.

Related: Ukrainian community rallies in Rome, demands that Russia release Sentsov

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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