CoE Secretary General asks Putin to pardon Oleg Sentsov

CoE Secretary General asks Putin to pardon Oleg Sentsov

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland has submitted an official request to Russian President Vladimir Putin for pardoning Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe has the right to file such a petition pursuant to the European Convention on Human Rights, the Voice of America notes.

"The document was sent. We are waiting for official confirmation through the Russian diplomatic channels," the Council of Europe press service told the Voice of America.

As reported, Thorbjørn Jagland announced on June 20 that he was ready to file a request for pardoning Oleg Sentsov.

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, who had been illegally convicted in Russia on trumped-up charges of terrorist activities, announced an indefinite hunger strike on May 14 demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.


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