Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov was awarded Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, as Rikard Jozwiak, Radio Liberty correspondent, wrote on Twitter. The decision was announced in the European Parliament on October 25.
It is supposed that the official ceremony is to be held in Strasbourg on December 12.
Jozwiak has also noted that it remains under question whether Sentsov could be present at the ceremony personally on December 12. Whether his relative will receive the award or there will be “an empty chair”.
Reportedly, Sentsov became a finalist of Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Earlier, the Verkhovna Rada is to consider a draft regulation, which proposes to nominate Oleg Sentsov for Nobel Prize.
Lech Wałęsa, the President of Poland in 1990-1995, who won a Nobel Prize, offered to nominate Oleg Sentsov for Nobel Peace Prize.
As we reported earlier, Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner announced a hunger strike in May 2014, demanding to release him and the rest of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally kept by the Kremlin. Sentsov already survived three health crisis; the medics warn that the fourth one, which might involve the breakdown of the body's internal organs, could begin anytime.
The native of Crimea, film director, and political activist, 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.