Contents tagged with political prisoners

  • Sentsov refuses to ask Putin for pardon

    Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been sentence to 20 years in prison in Russia, refuses to write a petition for a pardon, stated his lawyer, Dmitry Dinze, reports Interfax.

    "Oleg is against a pardon. he will not write anything to the [Russian] President," Dinze said. According to the lawyer, Sentsov's condition remains unchanged.

    "He says he basically lays down, because he started having problems with his kidneys and heart. He had a crisis on the 26th day of the hunger strike. He was …

  • Council of Europe Secretary General to officially request Sentsov’s release

    On June 25, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CE), will send Russian President Vladimir Putin an official request to pardon Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, a senior CE official told Deutsche Welle.

    “On Monday, Jagland will file a petition for the pardoning of Sentsov,” Deputy Secretary General Daniel Holtgen announced. He also pointed out that the Secretary General has a right to do so according to the European Convention on Human Rights.

    On June 20, Jagland …

  • Poroshenko and Putin discuss prisoner situation over phone

    On Thursday June 21, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone to ensure that Ukrainian Ombudsperson Lyudmyla Denisova is given access to Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian prisoners, Poroshenko’s press service reported.

    “The head of the Ukrainian state urged [Putin] to release the Ukrainian prisoners held in Russian prisons and in its occupied territories. He also pointed out the importance of giving Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova …

  • European Court of Human Rights asks Russia to provide information about Sentsov's health

    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is asking the Russian authorities to provide all available information about the state of health of the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who is on the 38th day of a hunger strike, reported Natasha Dobreva, Sentsov’s lawyer at the ECHR and a representative of the international human rights group Agora.

    "The Court sent a request to the Government of Russia on information on compliance with the requirements of articles 2 (the right to life), 3 ( …

  • Vice Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament: Sentsov will not ask Putin for pardon

    Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who has been convicted by Russia of "terrorism," will not ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for clemency which will allow him to be exchanged for Russian prisoners in Ukraine, wrote First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko on her personal Facebook page.

    “Putin's Press Secretary [Dmitry] Peskov states that [Oleg] Sentsov ‘must take care of his pardon himself,’ hinting that Oleg should have appealed to the Russian president with such a …

  • Kyiv asks UN to ensure that Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia have access to doctors

    Ambassador of Ukraine Yuriy Klimenko appealed to the United Nations with a request to ensure that doctors have access to the Ukrainian political prisoners who are in Russia, reported the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva.

    “Since every hour is crucial for Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia whose health continues to deteriorate, we appeal to the UN special rapporteur and call for ways to ensure their right to health care and access to …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia may agree to prisoner exchange to improve image during FIFA 2018 World Cup

    During a broadcast of Channel 5, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that he believes that Kyiv may be able to get Moscow to consent to the release of political prisoners and a hostage exchange while Russia is hosting the 2018 World Cup.

    "A gesture is possible, though not a gesture of goodwill, but rather [a gesture] to improve the image of Russia during the championship. We must use the championship, but we must [also] continue to work," Klimkin stated. At the same time, he noted …

  • Poroshenko calls on Macron to intensify pressure against Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoners

    The Ukrainian President’s Press Service reports that President Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron during which the two parties agreed on further contacts through the Normandy Format to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the situation on the Donbas.

    “The interlocutors discussed the security situation in the Donbas and the need for a UN peacekeeping mission throughout its occupied territory. The interlocutors …

  • Ukrainian President: human rights are not part of the vital interests of Russia

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko welcomed the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday condemning Russia’s massive violations of human rights, including on the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories.

    Poroshenko had high praise for the “consolidated, powerful voice of MEPs in the protection of more than 70 Ukrainian political prisoners, who continue to be forcibly held and tortured by the Kremlin regime,” he wrote on Facebook. He reiterated that Ukraine is fighting for …

  • USA urges Russia to release all Ukrainian political prisoners

    The United States mission to the OSCE called on Russia to free Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners who are illegally held in the Russian Federation, as reported in a statement released by Harry Kamien, the chargé d'affaires ad interim to the OSCE.

    "Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov’s hunger strike enters its 31st day today. Russia transferred Mr. Sentsov from Crimea to Russia, and we call upon Russia to immediately release him and all other Ukrainian …