Tatyana Moskalkova, the Russian Ombudsman, stated that she would not write a letter to the Russian President on the pardon of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian political prisoner, kept in a remand prison for 45 days now, convicted to 20 years of imprisonment, as according to the legislation, it will not be considered. Yet, she did not say whether she would support someone’s such appeal, as Interfax reports.
“The law does not allow me to appeal with a complaint and expect the consideration of this appeal as a public official document,” she said answering the question concerning a possibility that she writes a petition for pardoning Sentsov as her Ukrainian colleague Lyudmyla Denisova asks.
According to Moskalkova, she has her own opinion concerning the possibility of Sentsov’s pardon.
“I have never said I did not have an opinion. There is a certain order which assumes that a person appeals personally, expresses his/her will for pardon,” she said.
Additionally, she confessed that the procedure of Savchenko’s return was violated as the victims’ widows asked Putin for pardon.
“For now, I do not have any information concerning the will of the relatives and Sentsov himself, if he wants it,” Moskalkova said.
Besides, Moskalkova stated: “I am also concerned that it is like this: they asked for Savchenko. She was pardoned, released, passed over to the Ukrainian side. Where is she now? In jail…We have to think if we are doing the right thing sending (people, - ed.)”.
On June 26, Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland has officially filed for the pardon of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov to Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Kremlin responded that this letter cannot be a ground for the release of Sentsov.
As we reported, on June 18, Denisova was not allowed to visit Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko. Then, the meeting of the Ukrainian and Russian ombudswomen took place when they discussed the citizenship of the detainees.
On June 15, the Ukrainian ombudsman arrived in the prison where Sentsov is kept, but she was not let to visit him. In her turn, Moskalkova stated that Denisova violated the agreements. As the same time, on June 16 Moskalkova visited Dmytro Shtyblikov, a Ukrainian “saboteur”, in Omsk.
Moreover, Denisova reported about the disruption of the agreements with Russian colleague Tatiana Moskalkova on the synchronized visit to Oleg Sentsov and Kyrylo Vyshynsky.
As it was reported earlier, 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.