Contents tagged with Sentsov

  • German Foreign Minister: Russia's annexation of Crimea a ‘fatal violation of international law’

    On the anniversary of the Crimea’s annexation by Russia, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas deplored Russia’s actions in the peninsula. “This fatal violation of law is now in its fifth year. Russia tried to shift boundaries by resorting to military force. Those who act like this destroy trust and put in question basic principles of peaceful coexistence,” Maas stated on Twitter.

    Earlier, the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic stated that although the Crimea has been annexed by Russia, it is …

  • Austrian Foreign Minister urges Russia to release Ukrainian sailors

    During a joint press conference with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl urged the Russian authorities to release the captured Ukrainian military sailors, as well as other illegally detained Ukrainian citizens, in particular, director Oleh Sentsov and activist Vladimir Balukh, reports Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.

    “Austria regrets the military escalation in the Kerch Strait on November 25th. In connection with this, we …

  • Kyiv: More than 80 Ukrainians held in Russian prisons for political views

    More than 80 Ukrainian citizens are being held in Russian prisons due to their political views, Ukrainian Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova wrote on Facebook. 

    “Every year on January 12, Ukraine observes the Day of the Ukrainian Political Prisoner. Unfortunately, the matter of political prisoners is extremely relevant today. Among the modern political prisoners are Oleh Sentsov, Stanislav Klykh, Pavlo Hryb, Roman Sushchenko, Kazim Ametov, Asan Chapukh, Bekir Degermendzhi, Remzi …

  • Putin says it does not make sense to release Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov

    During a session of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia has been considering the fate of prisoners, especially the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, but does not intend to “take a step towards Ukraine”.

    During the session, filmmaker Alexander Sokurov pointed out that Russia is experiencing great tension in connection with foreign policy problems. In this regard, he was particularly interested in the fate of the Ukrainian political …

  • Sentsov awarded Sakharov Prize

    The Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is currently being imprisoned in Russia, has been awarded the “Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought”.

    Sentsov is the first Ukrainian ever to receive this award, which is presented by European Parliament  for an outstanding contribution to the defense of human rights and basic freedoms. The presentation ceremony is scheduled to be held in Strasbourg on December 12.

    The Ukrainian political prisoner’s candidacy was proposed by European Parliament’s …

  • Poland bestows imprisoned filmmaker Sentsov with 'For Human Dignity' award

    Poland bestowed the eighth annual Pro Dignitate Humana (“For Human Dignity”) award to Oleh Sentsov who has been illegally imprisoned in Russia, stated Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz at a joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin.

    The award was founded by former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski in 2011. Klimkin stressed that the filmmaker deserves the award not only because he is a political prisoner but also because the aim of his …

  • Oleh Sentsov hospitalized in intensive care

    Channel 24 reports that according to the Ukrainian political prisoner’s sister Natalia Kaplan, Oleh Sentsov was sent to the intensive care in Labytnangi hospital.

    According to his cousin Natalya Kaplan, the hunger strike, which Sentsov held for 145 days, led to irreversible consequences for his health. Including ischemia, cardiac arrhythmia, problems with the liver, stomach and other organs.

    Currently, the political prisoner is in the process of ending the hunger strike. “The situation is …

  • Russia: Sentsov working on new screenplay from prison

    The Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is currently being held in a Russian prison, has begun work on the screenplay for an upcoming film, according to reports in the Russian media which cite Valery Maksimenko, head of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN).

    “He has already started writing the script for a future film. It will be a story about life in prison and the prisoners. Inspiration hasn’t left him,” Maksimenko reportedly said.

    According to Maksimenko, Sentsov is currently …

  • Mayor of Paris dedicates the all-night art festival to Oleh Sentsov

    Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced on Twitter that the Nuit Blanche (White Night) night-time art festival is dedicated to the Ukrainian film director and the prisoner in the Russian penal colony, Oleh Sentsov.

    “On this night of culture, creativity and freedom, how can we not think about Oleh Sentsov? This 17th annual f Nuit Blanche festival is dedicated to him,” wrote the mayor of Paris.

    The annual contemporary all-night art festival “White Night” is held in Paris in early October. …

  • EU demands Sentsov’s release and medical treatment

    The EU is demanding that Russia “not only provide Oleh Sentsov with quick and appropriate medical treatment, but also immediately release him, together with the other Ukrainians being held illegally in Russia and Crimea”.

    A statement to this effect was made by Maja Kocijančič, spokeswoman for the European External Action Service, on the department’s official website on October 7.

    “Oleg Sentsov has shown incredible courage, determination and selflessness during his 145 days of hunger strike. …