Oleh Sentsov Supports Moscow Protest
The Ukrainian political prisoner wrote a letter expressing his views on a variety of issues
The Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, illegally imprisoned in Russia, spoke in support of protest actions in Russia, the lack of information and how he is worried about his relatives He expressed this in his letter to Russian human rights activist Tatyana Shchur, Ukrinform reported.
“In his last letter we received at the end of the week, Sentsov wrote that he is in dire need of information. There is very few [news] on TV about protests, mostly ‘tank biathlon.’ He speaks in support of Moscow protesters (Thanks Yulia Samoilova for a wonderful collage on the topic). He also thanks those who support him. Oleh also worries about other political prisoners for them not to be forgotten. He worries about his family, his daughter, she starts learning at school in Kyiv. It’s hard for her. He backs her up, and he is glad that his friends surround her. It feels that Sentsov anchors hopes for the new power. The echoes of Zelensky’s talks with Putin reached Yamal via TV,” Shchur said about the contents of Sentsov’s letter.
At the same time, according to her, Sentsov “reacts to the news with humor, understands how deeply the presentation [of the Russian media] is distorted.”
“But he hopes. Still… The letters are going fast now. Much is written to him from Russia and Ukraine,” Shchur said.
Sentsov was detained in Crimea by the Russian FSB on May 11, 2014. He was later transported to Moscow to a detention facility in Lefortovo. Sentsov was charged with terrorism and illegal possession of a weapon. According to the record of the fabricated case, he is called the organizer of the sabotage and terrorist group.
In August 2015, Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a strict regime colony. Sentsov declared a hunger strike demanding all Ukrainian political prisoners be released on May 14, 2018. It lasted 145 days.
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