Ukrainian Political Prisoners Not Forgotten
4-year anniversary of the illegal arrest of movie director Oleh Sentsov and activist Olexandr Kolchenko in Crimea
A rally was held in Kyiv to commemorate the anniversary of the illegal arrest of movie director Oleh Sentsov and activist Olexandr Kolchenko in Crimea, four years ago.
Rallyists, unfurled an illustrated roll on the sidewalk depicting a timeline of events that happened in the lives of Ukrainians illegally held by the Kremlin, with a parallel timeline showing events that made the headlines at the time.
One of the participants said that with other news garnering headlines they want to make sure that the new political prisoners are not forgotten. She said that this was one reason to keep reminding people using film screenings, solidarity rallies and other events.
The Ukrainian filmmaker and Crimea-native Oleh Sentsov has been in Russian captivity for 4 years and his health has deteriorated drastically, human rights activists say. The condition of another Kremlin’s prisoner Oleksandr Kolchenko is also alarming.
Kolchenko had heart rhythm problems and the local human rights activists, who are currently near Kapeysk, attempted to pass him a parcel with vitamins, but it turned out he was in solitary confinement and the vitamins that he needed so badly never got to him, said one of the rally participants.
Sentsov has been detained in Russian-occupied Crimea and sentenced to 20 years of Russian prison for widely-considered trumped-up charges of, such as quote, “preparing terrorist acts.” His supposed accomplice, Oleksandr Kolchenko, was sentenced for 10 years. They are being held in severe regime colonies in Yamalo-Nenetsky and Kopeysk.