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Senstov can be nominated for Sakharov Prize

The candidate should get the support of 40 members of the European Parliament to be nominated
17:33, 6 September 2018

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Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov can become the nominee for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought presented by the European Parliament as Rikard Jozwiak, the correspondent of Radio Liberty reported on Twitter.

“It is very likely that Oleg Sentsov will be one of the nominees for this year’s Sakharov Prize. He enjoys support among some EPP, ECR and ALDE MEPs. Confirmation next week and decision on the final laureate at the end of October,” he wrote.

Related: Sentsov writes letter to Russian human rights activists

The award for Freedom of Thought named after Soviet dissident and human right activist Andrey Sakharov was established by the European Parliament in 1988. It is given to people who made “the outstanding contribution in the fight for the human rights.” The candidate should get the support of 40 members of the European Parliament to be nominated.

Earlier a draft law No. 9040 offering to nominate Ukrainian movie maker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for Nobel Peace Prize was registered in Ukrainian Parliament. 

Related: Another request to pardon Sentsov overruled

Lech Wałęsa, the Polish leader in 1990-1995, the holder of Nobel Peace Prize offered to nominate Ukrainian movie maker and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov for this prize.

As is known, the native of Crimea, film director and political activist, Sentsov has been serving time in the Russian penal colony in Labytnangi since May 2014. This spring, he announced a hunger strike, demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, illegally held by the Kremlin. 

Related: Bundestag Vice President: Berlin to continue strive for Sentsov’s release

Oleg Sentsov was illegally detained in Crimea in 2014, then taken to Russia. They judged him and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment at a high-security penal colony. The prosecutors charged Sentsov with preparing terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea. Sentsov denies his guilt. Ukraine's government, common citizens and the international society - politicians, artists, public figures - urge the Kremlin to release him.

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