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Sentsov said he was being moved from Irkutsk to Yamal
10:43, 1 October 2017
Sentsov said he was being moved from Irkutsk to Yamal

Human rights defenders couldn’t locate the Ukrainian director in Irkutsk; in his letter, he says he is being moved to Yamal

10:43, 1 October 2017

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Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov, who was unlawfully convicted in Russia for 20 years, said he was being transferred from Irkutsk to Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. Sentsov wrote this in a letter to human rights defender Zoya Svetova, as Open Russia reports. 

“I am okay. On my way. They abruptly took me from Yakutia to Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug. And there is just one place to serve a sentence – infamous Kharp (there’s a special regime correctional colony for those sentenced to life imprisonment). What it was like there, and what it is like now, you know better than me, I think. I don’t see anything good about this business trip. Even more so, after being through Irkutsk and Omsk prisons, I have an understanding about how bad it can be, and not only from stories.

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Sentsov also said that before being moved, he was given a box with old letters and books, that the jailers kept for 1,5 years.

The human rights defender says the letter was dated September 17, sent from the detention center on September 21, and she received it on September 29.

Previously it was informed that Sentsov was being moved to Cheliabinsk. However, the Cheliabinsk detention center claimed that Oleh Sentsov wasn’t brought to them. The human rights activists believe his location was concealed on purpose.

Ukrainian Oleh Sentsov, born in Crimea, was sentenced to 20 years in a Russian prison, following his trial in a military court in Rostov-on-Don. The sentence on suspicion of plotting terrorist acts in Crimea was pronounced in summer 2015. Sentencing Sentsov provoked a stormy reaction within the international community, which strongly condemned the groundless allegation and Russia's behaviour.

Related: Court in occupied Crimea sentences Umerov to two years in colony

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