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Senstov may have been transferred to Moscow prison for exchange; lawyers do not confim it

The source of Interfax reported that Sentsov was transferred to Moscow within the ongoing exchange process
11:59, 29 August 2019

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Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov was transferred to Moscow remand center as Interfax reported citing the source.

“Sentsov transferred from the colony in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, where he served the sentence to Butyrka prison, Moscow. He is transferred to Moscow within the ongoing exchange process,” the party said.

Head of human rights group Agora Pavel Chikov wrote on his Telegram channel that this information is not confirmed by lawyer Dmitro Dinze who was in Labytnangi a few days ago.

Related: Sentsov works on new stories, novels in Russian jail, - lawyer

“Just a few days ago he was there, got the letters. However, the special transfer by the aviation could take place within a day,” the message said.

At the same time Chairman of the Political Council of Opposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk stated that the issue of the exchange of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov is not solved completely as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“The official authority and President of Ukraine Mr. Zelensky, his team work on this issue. I know that such negotiations are held but there is no final variant yet. The issue of the person that you named, Sentsov, is also not solved yet,” Medvedchuk said.

Related: Ukraine's MFA once again calls on Russia to release Sentsov

Earlier mass media reported that the Ukrainian, whose release are desired by the authorities of Ukraine and number of the international organizations, was put on the exchange list between Russia and Ukraine.

Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian filmmaker was detained in the Russia-annexed Crimea in spring 2014. The Russian prosecutors charged him with preparation of a terrorist act in Crimea. In August 2015, the North Caucasian District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced him to 20 years in a strict regime colony. In protest, Sentsov refused to eat for 145 days and stopped the hunger strike due to the threat of forced feeding.

Related: Kremlin's powerbrokers stand against putting Ukraine's Sentsov, Karpyuk, Klykh on exchange list

Earlier Spokesperson of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov stated that return of RIA News CEO Kyrylo Vyshynsky to Russia may become the first step for the beginning of the normalization of the relations of Moscow and Kyiv. President’s Office of Zelensky responded to Kremlin statement and offered to release Vyshynsky and Sentsov simultaneously.

As we reported Kyrylo Vyshynsky was released from custody on August 28.

 

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