Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov will not ask Russia to pardon him, as Pavlo Chikov, the Head of Agora international human rights organization which lawyers are defending the Ukrainian movie director, wrote on Telegram.
“In Sentsov’s case it is all about the pardon (probably, without admission of guilt). The regime pressures and breaks. Obviously, Oleg will not write any pardons,” Chikov wrote.
Earlier, it was reported that the Office for Ensuring the Constitutional Rights of Citizens under the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation sent a response to Oleg Sentsov's mother, stating that to start the pardoning procedure, Sentsov should independently address Vladimir Putin with the request
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.
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.
Sentsov enjoys the wide support of the many in Ukraine and abroad. Rallies, where participants urge to release him, are held worldwide - in Ukraine, Russia, the EU and the U.S.