Russian Federation: Russia must release Ukrainian film director: Oleg Sentsov

Index Number: EUR 46/8555/2018

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of Ukrainian film director, Oleg Sentsov. In a note passed through his lawyer, Sentsov declared on 16 May that he, ‘a Ukrainian citizen unlawfully convicted by a Russian court and serving [his] sentence in a penal colony in Labytnangi, declare[s] an indefinite hunger strike, as of 14 May 2018.’ He says he will end his strike only on the condition that ‘all Ukrainian political prisoners’ who are currently being held by the Russian Federation are released. Sentsov is serving a 20-year prison sentence following an unfair trial on politically-motivated charges.

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