EU calls on Russia to immediately release Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners

EU calls on Russia to immediately release Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners

Ukrinform
The European Union has called on Russia to release Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and other illegally detained Ukrainians.

"Mingarelli: 100 days into a hunger strike in prison, Oleg Sentsov health condition is deteriorating rapidly. EU calls on Russia to immediately release him and all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens in Russia and on the Crimean peninsula," the EU Delegation in Ukraine wrote on Twitter.

Today is the 100th day since the beginning of the indefinite hunger strike of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, announced on May 14, 2018, demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin.

Sentsov was detained by Russian security services in Crimea in May 2014.

He was sentenced to 20 years in a penal colony in Russia for alleged "plotting acts of terrorism."

On May 14, 2018, he declared a hunger strike demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin.

On August 8, Sentsov’s sister Natalia Kaplan said that his condition is "catastrophically bad".

About 70 Ukrainians are political prisoners in Russia and in the occupied Crimea. This list also includes Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko, who was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment in a high-security penal colony on fabricated charges of "espionage."

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