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Ukraine's Foreign Minister calls world for supporting Sentsov

Pavlo Klimkin reminded that it's been the 89th day of Sentsov's hunger strike
13:55, 10 August 2018

Radio Svoboda

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, asked the world to support the Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov and to demand his release, as he wrote on Twitter.

Klimkin Twitter

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. 

Related: 'It is urgent now': OSCE urges Russia to release Sentsov

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.

Related: Sweden urges Russia to release Sentsov

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