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Sentsov passes jar to Zelensky asking to fill it with badges of released prisoners of Kremlin

Sentsov compared the tradition on the filling of the jar with badges of the released prisoner with army tradition to take off the badges of deceased military
12:27, 13 September 2019

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Released from the Russian captivity Oleg Sentsov urged the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to do everything possible to return al political prisoners in Russia home as 112 Ukraine reported.

Sentsov passed to Zelensky a jar with blue and yellow stripes. He asked to collect all badges of the prison Ukrainians to this jar and return them home. He compared this new tradition with the rules at many armies – to take off the badges of the deceased military.

“In prisons, the Russian prisoners have so-called badges. It is mine. The red line means “inclined to escape”, special prisoner, special control. I took it away to memory. In some armies of the world, there is such tradition that when a fighter dies, his commander takes the badge off to collect the reports about the deceased. It is a sad rule, a sad tradition. I would like to start another one,” Sentsov said.  

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He also added that this jar should be filled with the badges of the political prisoners as soon as possible.

“Mr. President: do in such way to fill this jar as soon as possible,” Oleg Sentsov said to Zelensky and passed him the jar.

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In his turn, the Ukrainian president promised that he will do everything possible to release the Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia.

Related: Sentsov brings his diary from captivity in Russia

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova stated that 113 Ukrainians, including 89 Crimean Tatars, deterred in Russia.

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

Related: Sentsov: I transported Ukrainian soldiers during evacuation from Crimea

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian seamen, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd.

Besides, the Prosecutor's Office of occupied Crimea will summon Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko for questioning.

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