“Oleg Sentsov has been shortlisted for the Sakharov Prize,” Brussels-based correspondent of Radio Liberty Rikard Jozwiak posted on Twitter.
He pointed to the obviousness of Sentsov's victory in 2018 as the film director got 29 votes. In turn, Mediterranean NGOs got 22 votes, while Moroccan activist Zefzafi got 16 votes.
“Usually the conference of presidents selects the one who got most votes - apart from Dzhemilev in 2016 when several groups feared Russia,” Jozwiak added.
The final decision on winner will be announced in Strasbourg on October 25.
The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought honours individuals and groups of people who have dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought. Named after Russian scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, the prize was established in December 1988 by the European Parliament. A shortlist of nominees is drawn up annually by the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Development.
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