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Sentsov becomes honorary citizen of Paris

Today is the 134th day of Sentsov’s hunger strike in the Russian colony
22:40, 24 September 2018

Wall Street Journal

Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov who is starving in the Russian colony became an honorary citizen of Paris. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the French capital claimed this on Twitter.

‘Thank the municipal council, which unanimously voted for awarding the title of an honorary citizen Oleg Sentsov. Paris will always be on the side of the defenders of individual liberty, freedom of expression and democracy,’ she said.

Related: French filmmakers declare hunger strike in support of Sentsov

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.

Related: Sentsov becomes nominee for Sakharov Prize

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.

Sentsov's photos from Labytnangi penal colony were published on August 9. 

Related: European Commissioner for Justice urges Russia to release Sentsov

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