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Sweden urges Russia to release Sentsov

Foreign Minister of Sweden Margot Wallström stressed that his detention violates international law
22:37, 9 August 2018

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Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström called on Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. Margot Walström wrote about this on her Twitter page.

“Deeply concerning reports on Oleg Sentsov’s deteriorating health condition. His detention violates international law and is based on a legal process which did not meet elementary standards of justice. We call on Russia to release him & other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens,” Wallström wrote.


As it was reported earlier, Ukrainian movie director Oleg Sentsov and Crimean activist Oleksandr Kolchenko were detained by the Russian FSB in the annexed Crimea. Both were taken to Russia. Sentsov was charged with preparing a terrorist act in Crimea and sentenced to 20 years in the high-security penal colony. Kolchenko was sentenced to ten-years-long imprisonment.

Related: Sentsov suffers third protracted crisis, - lawyer

Oleg Sentsov has announced a hunger strike on May 14. This way, he demands that all Ukrainians detained in Russia and annexed Crimea be released. Sentsov said he was ready to die if the requirements were not fulfilled.

Dmytro Dinze, the lawyer of the Ukrainian political prisoner, passed a plea for mercy from Oleg’s mother to the commissionon pardon on the territory of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. According to her, at first, the plea for pardon was sent to the Russian President’s Administration, but no response followed, though they promised to consider it.

Earlier, Natalia Kaplan, sister of Oleg Sentsov stated that she received a letter from the Ukrainian. Sentsov said he is not getting up from a bed and the end is near.

Related: Situation is critical: Sentsov needs hospitalization to Moscow

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